Douglas Kirkland is an American photographer renowned for his portraits of icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, among others.
“I have a genuine philosophy. I do not want to make negative pictures about people, and so I do everything I can to help make them feel comfortable in front of the camera”.
Born in 1934 in Fort Erie, Canada, he began as an apprentice to the acclaimed photographer Irving Penn. Five years later, 1962, Kirkland was assigned to photograph Coco Chanel for Look magazine. He spent three weeks following Coco Chanel's daily routine of model casting, client meetings, and working on clothes. Over the decades that followed, Kirkland was employed as a photographer on more than 100 films, and in 1995, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Motion Pictures Society of Operating Cameramen.
He currently lives and works in Hollywood Hills, CA. Today, the artist’s photographs are held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., among others.