This Woman’s WorkIn his latest book, The Kate Inside, photographer Guido Harari presents the audacious spirit and restless creativity of iconic singer Kate Bush.

This Woman’s WorkIn his latest book, The Kate Inside, photographer Guido Harari presents the audacious spirit and restless creativity of iconic singer Kate Bush.

Like many twentysomethings in the 1980s, British musician Kate Bush was bold. But unlike the rebellious kids soaking up the zeitgeist by proxy through parties, concerts and radio waves, Bush spent her post-teen years making a creative mark on the independent music scene.

Catching early attention for her eclectic musical style and high-pitched soprano, the singer signed with EMI Records in 1976, releasing her first album, The Kick Inside, when she was just 19. Despite her age, Bush insisted on having strong creative control in all decisions affecting her music—a demand that continued as she catapulted to superstardom in the early ’80s.

Three decades later, Bush has set a standard against which independent artists—women, particularly—are measured today. Her fearless personality shines through in the new book from rock photographer Guido Harari.

Unfolding like a scrapbook, The Kate Inside features more than 300 official photos, outtakes, Polaroids and candid shots of Bush taken by Harari between 1982 and 1993 while the singer recorded three different albums (Hounds of Love, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes) and made the musical short film The Line, the Cross and the Curve.

During this pivotal time in Bush’s life, she broke free from commercial expectations and pushed creative boundaries by experimenting with musical styles and penning controversial lyrics. Page after page of The Kate Inside reveals a strong mix of fierceness and femininity underscored with self-assurance. From sensual shots to quiet moments caught in the studio, Harari freezes a period of time that, despite its ’80s aesthetic, feels timeless. Perhaps it’s the rebelliousness of youth or the complex mix of human emotion in each shot, but it’s clear that there is a little bit of Kate inside us all.

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