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Fifty Years of Photography

October 21, 2011 – February 19, 2012
Artist's Talk, Book Signing and Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 6:00pm

Image Copyright Douglas Kirkland
Marilyn Monroe, 1961

“I had imagined my life and then I had lived it. My images tell the story of a dreamer with a camera in his hands. I have always seized the day. For me, photography has always meant to imagine and interpret persons, sites and events. I understand the world better with a camera.” —Douglas Kirkland
[Interview by Moria De Zen, Bassano Fotografia, 2011]


Renowned for his work in photojournalism, celebrity portraiture and film photography, Douglas Kirkland’s retrospective is a compelling look into a career in photography spanning over five decades. With just over 100 images, this exhibition features portraits of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, 'Coco' Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and other icons, alongside iconic stills taken on the sets of acclaimed films such as The Sound of Music (1965), Out of Africa (1985), Titanic (1997) and Australia (2008).


Douglas Kirkland was born in Toronto, Canada and spent much of his early professional life working in New York, before relocating in Los Angeles in the mid ‘70s.Kirkland’s career started quickly when he joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, and later Life Magazine during the golden age of 60’s/70’s photojournalism. Among his assignments were essays on Greece, Lebanon and Japan as well as fashion and celebrity work, photographing Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich among others.

Through the years, Douglas Kirkland has worked on the sets of over one hundred motion pictures. Among them, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, 2001 A Space Odyssey, “Out of Africa”, “Titanic” and “Moulin Rouge” which was filmed in Australia with Nicole Kidman. A book of Kirkland’s celebrity work, “Light Years” was published by Thames and Hudson in 1989 followed by “ICONS, Creativity with Camera and Computer”, by Collins San Francisco in 1993. Some of the subjects interpreted in “ICONS” were Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Kim Basinger, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro and Dr. Stephen Hawking. In 1997 Kirkland had four books published “Legends” (a retrospective of his forty year career), “Body Stories”(interpretations of the body from birth to old age), “Woza Africa” and “James Cameron’s Titanic” which was on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Kirkland’s photography has been honored and collected by almost all major museums in the US and Europe and he has been the recipient of awards from the Art Director’s Club of New York, the International Museum of Photography, Fotofusion, the PhotoImaging, the America Film Institute, Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA), The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Lucie Foundation awards (2003 Lucie Award Recipient, Achievement in Entertainment). He has had numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries in Europe, Australia and the US.

Kirkland’s assignments have taken him to all continents in the world (with the exception of Antarctica) where he worked on subjects as varied as: Astronomy in Chile, to The Trans Siberian Railroad, and fashion in Bali.

When not traveling the globe on assignment, his home and studio is in the Hollywood Hills where he lives with his wife and business partner Françoise. Visit Douglas Kirkland's official website at

Click HERE for On View Magazine Cover Story featuring this exhibition.

Image Copyright Douglas Kirkland Image Copyright Douglas Kirkland
Image Copyright Douglas Kirkland
Audrey Hepburn, Paris 1965 Elizabeth Taylor, Las Vegas 1961 Dustin Hoffman, New York, 1988
This exhibition is made possible by Legion Paper. Artist Talk is sponsored by Canon.

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