Kate Garner

Kate Garner (born 9 July 1953, Wigan, Lancashire) is an English singer and photographer. Garner was one third of the trio of 1980s avant-garde, new wave pop project called Haysi Fantayzee, the other members being Jeremy Healy and Paul Caplin. Their music combined reggae, country and electro with political and sociological lyrics couched as nursery rhymes.

Haysi Fantayzee combined their extreme clothes sense - described as combining white Rasta, tribal chieftan and Dickensian styles - with a quirky musical sound comparable to other new wave musical pop acts of the era, such as Bow Wow Wow, Adam and the Ants and Banarama. They appeared several times on the BBC Television programme Top of The Pops. However, the group quickly disbanded after releasing three hit singles John Wayne Is Big Leggy, Shiny Shiny and Holy Joe, and an album that went gold.

Garner then launched a successful photographic career, working over a period of time with Sinead O'Connor, creating memorable images of O'Connor including working on her 1987 debut, The Lion and the Cobra. Garner has also photographed many musicians and celebrities. Among them are: Dr. Dre, Leigh Bowery, JT LeRoy, Angelina Jolie, David Bowie, Cameron Diaz, PJ Harvey, John Galliano, Bjork, and Kate Moss.

Her work has appeared in the American and British versions of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She has also worked for GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle and The Sunday Times. She is a continuing contributor to i-D magazine.

Kate Garner continues to live and work in London.

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