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Eve Arnold, School for non-violence, Virginia, 1960 © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos
Eve Arnold, School for non-violence, Virginia, 1960 © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

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 60’s/70’s 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.
Some of his books are “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 and “Coco Chanel, Three Weeks”. “Michael Jackson - the Making of Thriller” is due in October 2010.
Douglas Kirkland’s fine arts photography has been exhibited all over the world. His exhibition of 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 and the Houston Center for Photography and the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
He is also a sought after lecturer. 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 and Canon’s Explorers of Light and as well as 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 Awards 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 & White volume “When We Were Young”, and a monograph on his career “Douglas Kirkland – A Life in Pictures”

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The stories of Douglas Kirkland, An Irving Penn assistant
June 13, 2017 - united states

On the occasion of the Irving Penn Centennial Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, today we present an interview with Douglas Kirkland, a prominent photographer in his own right, who talks here about his experience as an assistant working for Irving Penn. This is the first col...

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May 10, 2017 - united states

The exhibition currently on view at Mouche Gallery in Los Angeles features a compilation of the most prominent images captured throughout photographer Douglas Kirkland's  50-year history. These include shots from his collection of books including, Light Years, Icons, Legends, B...

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Douglas Kirkland, Freeze Frame: Second Cut 
March 16, 2017 - United states

From Angelina Jolie and Brigitte Bardot to Baz Luhrmann and Antonio Banderas, photographer Douglas Kirkland has been chronicling the making of films for more than half a century through his lens. He joined Look Magazine in his twenties, and worked for Life Magazine during the gol...

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Toronto : Douglas Kirkland, A Life in Pictures
June 17, 2016 - Canada

“I think I should be alone with this boy.  I find it usually works better that way.” – Marilyn Monroe Izzy Gallery presents the Canadian premiere exhibition of photographer Douglas Kirkland with A Life In Pictures. The show features 21 archival special limited editions o...

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London : Gentlemen prefer Blondes starring Marilyn Monroe by Milton H Greene & Douglas Kirkland
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