Douglas Kirkland

World-renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland was born in Toronto, Canada.  He joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, and later Life Magazine during the golden age of 60s/70s photojournalism. Among his assignments were essays on Greece, Lebanon and Japan as well as fashion and celebrity work, photographing Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich among others.


Through the years, Douglas Kirkland has worked on the sets of over one hundred motion pictures. Among them, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “2001 A Space Odyssey”, “Out of Africa”, “Titanic”  “Moulin Rouge” and “Australia”, Baz Luhrmann’s epic starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.


Books published on his work include “Light Years”, “Icons”, “Legends”, “Body Stories”, “An Evening With Marilyn”; the best-selling “James Cameron’s Titanic”; “Freeze Frame”, a decade by decade look behind the scenes from 50 years photographing the entertainment industry;  “Coco Chanel, Three Weeks”, and “Michael Jackson - the Making of Thriller”.


Douglas Kirkland’s fine arts photography has been exhibited all over the world. His exhibition, Freeze Frame is now in the permanent collection of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. His work is also in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian; the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia; the National Portrait Gallery in London; the Eastman House in Rochester; the Houston Center for Photography, as well as the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.


In September of 2008, Vanity Fair, Italy organized a retrospective of his work at the Museum of the Triennale in Milan. He is a member of the prestigious Hewlett Packard’s Photo Influencers, Canon’s Explorers of Light, as well as being an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers.


Some of the awards he has received include a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American S.O.C.; Photographer of the Year from the PMA; a Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Photography from the IPA in 2003; The Golden Eye of Russia in April, 2006; and a Life Time Achievement Award from CAPIC in his native Toronto, Canada in May 2006. In October 2007, Douglas received an Honorary Master of Fine Arts Degree from Brooks Institute for his deep commitment and dedication to his profession. Among his current book projects are a black and white volume, “When We Were Young”; and a monograph on his career “Douglas Kirkland -- A Life in Pictures”.


Kirkland’s assignments have taken him to all continents in the world (with the exception of Antarctica) where he worked on subjects as varied as: Astronomy in Chile, to The Trans Siberian Railroad, and fashion in Bali. He is also a sought-after lecturer. When not traveling the globe on assignment, his home and studio are in the Hollywood Hills where he lives with his wife and business partner, Francoise.

A Life In Pictures: The Douglas Kirkland Monograph
Ballerina, Piazza San Marco, Venice 1972
Brian 1994
Brigitte Bardot, Mexico 1965 (4/24)
Emiko 2014 (4/24)
James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, "Titanic" 1996
John Lennon 1966 (6/24)
Judy Garland 1961
Katherine Ross & Paul Newman "Butch Cassidy" 1968
Marilyn Monroe 1961 (11/25)
Masai Warriors, Kenya 1973 (5/25)
Mick Jagger Mexico 1983 (5/25)
Pope John Paul II 1982 (4/24)
2001: A Space Odyssey, London 1968 (4/24)
Andy Warhol "Trash" 1970 (6/24)
Audrey Hepburn Paris 1965 (4/24)
Ballerina, New York 2000 (4/24)
Brumbies Kimberly Region, W. Australia 2007 (5/12)
Coco Chanel Paris 1962 (4/24)
Coco Chanel, Paris 1962 (4/24)
Elizabeth Taylor, Paris 1963 (4/24)
Emiko 2013 (4/24)
Grace Jones 1994 (4/24)
La Boheme, New York 2002 (6/24)
Leonardo, Tuscany 2002 (4/24)
Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft 1983 (4/24)
Mikhail Baryshnikov 1986
Moon Madness 1994
Moulin Rouge 2000
Paul and Elsie 1994
Phillip 1983 (4/24)
President John F. Kennedy and Adlai Stevenson 1962 (4/24)
Roberto Bolle 2009 (4/24)
Victory 1994

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