Kirkland, Douglas

Acclaimed photographer Douglas Kirkland has completed more than 2,000 assignments and captured the images of more than 600 celebrities during his career. Working during the golden age of photography during the 1960s and 70s, Kirkland has worked with the likes of Coco Chanel, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich and, most famously, Marilyn Monroe.

Born in Toronto in 1934, Kirkland first started working in his early twenties for such publications as Life Magazine and Look Magazine, which commissioned him to photograph the now iconic cover shoot of Marilyn Monroe posing naked in bed sheets.

Kirkland has since gone on to produce photo essays in such locations as Greece, Lebanon and Japan, continuing to work prolifically in celebrity and fashion as well as behind the scenes on motion picture sets. His work has been published in The Sunday Times and The New York Times Magazine, amongst other notable publications.

His work features in permanent collections of such esteemed institutions as the Smithsonian, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science in Beverly Hills, the Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and at the British National Portrait Gallery in London. He holds a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Society of Cinematographers, an Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Photography at the International Photography Awards as well as another Lifetime Achievement award from the Canadian Association of Photographers & Illustrators in Communications.

The list of people Douglas Kirkland has photographed is an exciting portfolio of some of the most important people in their industries and include names such as Katherine Hepburn, Orson Welles, John Wayne, Gene Hackman, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland. At 80 years old, Douglas Kirkland shows no signs of stopping his work, with portraits of Angelina Jolie, Ewan McGregor and Naomi Campbell added to his portfolio. He is based in Hollywood, USA.