For five decades, Douglas Kirkland (born 1934) has photographed celebrities and fashion. His lifelong love affair with the camera, whether still or motion pictures, has been applauded with the most prestigious awards the industry can bestow, including several for lifetime achievement.
In a highly competitive field, Kirkland credits his success to his ability to maintain "eye contact" with clients who are very protective of how they are portrayed. "When someone comes in for a portrait session, it takes two. It's not only about me taking the picture." Just before he turned 25, Kirkland joined the staff of Look magazine. Less than three years later he found himself world famous for the sensuous photographs of Marilyn Monroe he had taken for the magazine's 25th anniversary issue.
Besides Kirkland's portraits of the rich, famous, and influential-from Charlie Chaplin to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Coco Chanel-he is also known for his work as a set photographer, having worked on more than one hundred films, most recently Australia. His book of photographs from Titanic made the best seller list.
Kirkland's recent monograph, Freeze Frame: 5 Decades / 50 Years / 500 Photographs, was published in 2008.