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July 20, 2020

30 Beautiful Photos of Kate Bush Taken by Gered Mankowitz in the Late 1970s

Born 1946 in London, English photographer Gered Mankowitz dropped out of school at 15 years of age, without any proper qualifications. However, his natural photography gifts were discovered on a school trip to the Netherlands by the photographer Tom Blau. Blau offered Mankowitz an apprenticeship, and after a few months on the job, he had worked in all the departments, and began taking assignments.

In 1962, Mankowitz began taking photos professionally in Barbados, and when he returned to London, he took a position in the Parisian fashion world, but quickly realized that that style of photography was not for him.

In 1963, he broke into the music photography industry, and felt at home being able to work with artists his own age. At the end of that same year, Mankowitz opened his own studio.

After a few months, Mankowitz began working with Marianne Faithfull and The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Free, Traffic, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Soft Machine, Slade, Gary Glitter, Suzi Quatro, Sweet, Elton John, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, ABC, heavy metal band Budgie and Duran Duran.

In 1982, Mankowitz was featured in an exhibition at London’s Photographer’s Gallery, and had his work viewed by over 16,000 people. This exhibition then toured the U.K. for 2 years.

For the next 22 years, Mankowitz was based in his North London Studio, mainly working in the advertising industry, and contributing to major publications. He still works in the music industry, regularly works for newspapers and magazines and his work is being shown and sold in galleries throughout the world.

These beautiful photos are part of his work that Gered Mankowitz captured portrait of Kate Bush in 1978 and 1979.

(Photo © Gered Mankowitz)


  1. Somebody once told me that she is/was a musician of some sort.
    Obviously another one of the dime a dozen "I've got no talent so look at my tits" Pop musicians.
    Too bad, she could have gone into modeling and at least retained some dignity.

    1. Shut up, you moron.

    2. Sounds like someone's an incel. Can't imagine what it's like to be you.

    3. Oh Me Oh My...
      You should stop listening to other people and find out things for yourself. The disdain and contempt you spout is SO OFF COURSE about Kate Bush. Clueless dvmbfvck!

  2. the only thing that is a dime a dozen on this page is your ignorant and utterly moronic comment. Go and Educate yourself you miserable git.

  3. Fantastic photos of Kate Bush...
    Mr. Mankowitz knows there is no such thing as perfection, but in this case, he came as close to perfection as was allowed; just absolutely outstanding work.
    I also happen to be a huge fan of Kate Bush, but that is not why I love the photos so much; they could be any woman, really.
    Great artistry.
    -cd, Chicago IL

  4. Just goes to show not " all " of our Girls In England are Butt Ugly and she has a full set of her own Teeth... (another stupid stereotypical comment made by foreigners)

  5. Kate Bush is even sexier than Madonna. Period. Much more talented also. At least Kate's music isn't manufactured as crap for no reason.

    1. Good point. Kate is MUCH sexier than Madonna, because she doesn't even need to try. The first time I ever saw her, back in the day, I practically fell in love. And, as you say, she has true musical talent (unlike la Ciccone), not to mention that the beauty in her eyes shows that she has a soul.




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