Make no mistake about it, Kylie Minogue is pop music royalty.
Singer, songwriter, actress, fashion icon and seemingly the muse of fellow Australian Nick Cave, Kylie’s ballooned into astronomical fame and success following the release of debut studio album which was released in 1988.
Heavily promoted by the release of the album’s lead single ‘I Should Be So Lucky’, Kylie became a major commercial success and built the foundations for what would become an illustrious career for the Princess of Pop.
Fourteen studio albums, twelve compilation albums, six live albums, countless world tours and a major sell-out performance at Glastonbury Festival later, Kylie is revered as one popular music’s most iconic names.
Given the media storm that surrounded the Australian singer as fame followed her every move, acclaimed photographer Simon Fowler was handed the opportunity to add to his extensive artist portfolio by joining Kylie in the studio. Having previously worked with the likes of David Bowie, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Siouxsie and the Banshees and more, it would seemingly be a royal encounter with two artists at the top of their game.
“One of my driving forces apart from seeking to photograph the best acts of the day, was to also show how I had a much better feel for creating a far more empathetic image to accompany their music than high-end fashion photographers,” Simon explains about his method of work.
He adds: “Until then they had traditionally been the vogue for the bigger name acts, but I knew I could communicate another kind of visual expressionism. Even more so with a lot of solo singers like Freddie Mercury, Boy George, Bryan Ferry, Paul Young, Mick Hucknell and a piano leaping Jamie Cullum, but especially the women.”
Enjoy a selection of Fowler’s collaboration with Kylie, below.