Douglas Kirkland started his career in 1957 as an apprentice to photographer Irving Penn. He was hired by Look Magazine in the golden age of photojournalism. His assignments in the 1960’s and 70’s were essays on Greece, Lebanon and Japan as well as fashion and celebrity work, photographing Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich among others. Over the decades, Kirkland has photographed legendary, well-known individuals and completed scores of projects and books. He has also worked with film directors on over 100 film sets, both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of his notable subjects include, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Katherine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Orson Welles, John Wayne, Coco Chanel, Pierre Cardin, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Dr. Stephen Hawking, Mick Jagger, Sting, Morgan Freeman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.
His fine art photographs have been exhibited worldwide and received recognition for their historic and artistic value. His exhibition titled “Freeze Frame” is in the permanent collection of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Kirkland’s photographs are also included in the prominent permanent collections of Smithsonian, National Portrait Gallery in London, National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia, Eastman House in Rochester, Houston Center for Photography and Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
His photographs are currently touring museums in the US and abroad. An exhibition organized by Westwood Gallery NYC in collaboration with Chanel Inc is touring major cities in Asia. Douglas Kirkland’s photographs have been on view at numerous institutions, including, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Southeast Museum of Photography, The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tokyo, Japan), Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Netherlands), Museum of the Triennale (Milan, Italy). His solo exhibition, ‘My Life in Pictures’, at Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia was rated number three in attendance by Art Newspaper for all 2010 international museum exhibitions of photography.
An Evening with Marilyn
Coco Chanel: 1962
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