The disintegrating spacesuit, the Kabuki makeup, the Joan Collins shoulderpads photographer Guido Harari remembers chronicling the pop stars many guises
Any other star, says Guido Harari, would have gone crazy. Theyd have probably thrown me out. It was 1am one night in 1989 and the Italian had been photographing Kate Bush non-stop for 15 hours. We hadnt eaten. We werent actually talking. Just shoot, costume change, more makeup, shoot, costume change, more makeup, shoot. You worked in silence? Yes. It was like we had telepathic communication.
Bush had asked Harari to do the official photo shoot for her new album The Sensual World. And then, in the early hours, Harari had a bright idea. I supposed she looked like the figurehead of a ship. So I would build her looking as though she was swimming towards the camera underwater.
Harari decided to create this image by shooting Bush in a Romeo Gigli dress in front of a rented painted backdrop that looked like a Pollock painting. Then he would ask her to step out of the shoot, rewind the film on his Hasselblad camera and shoot the backdrop again, building it look like she was a swimming through a submarine world of drips and blobs.