Douglas Kirkland is the legendary photographer who captured Hollywood’s elite. Kirkland has been the cutting edge of fashion, photojournalism and portraiture, working for the world’s most reputable magazines for more than 50 years.
As a young photographer in 1961 he was assigned to shoot Marilyn Monroe during several hours in a closed studio one night, captured a stunning portfolio of alluring and intimate images that survive to this day as a testament to her beauty and vulnerability.
Kirkland was born in Toronto Canada and started out as an assistant to Irving Penn when he first moved to New York at the age of 24. After an early stint working for Look Magazine, he joined Life Magazine a staff photographer. He worked there in the '60s and '70s -- an era often referred to as the golden age of photojournalism. Known for his charming and gentle demeanor, Kirkland has served as the sole photographer on the sets of hundreds of films, from "The Sound of Music" to "Titanic." His extensive archive of A-list portraits includes Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, John Travolta, Michael Jackson, Brigitte Bardot and Andy Warhol.