Douglas Kirkland started his career in 1957 as an apprentice to photographer Irving Penn. At the time, he was hired by Look Magazine during what has become known as the golden age of photojournalism. His assignments in the 1960s and 70s 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.