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RETROSPECTIVE: Fifty Years of Photography
Douglas Kirkland

Traveling Exhibition Information

Douglas Kirkland


One Hundred and Fourteen (114) archival pigment ink-jet images, matted. All flat prints are presented in black metal anodized frames with Plexiglass glazing. Frames are not wired. Images and sizes as per checklist (available upon request). Wall text panels and digital text files are available.

Required Space
Three Hundred (300) linear feet.

Loan Fee
A moderate loan fee applies to this exhibition and is based on the loan period requested. The participating institution will be required to pay insurance and two-way shipping costs.

Loan Period
6-10 weeks

All tour venues will be contractually required to carry appropriate and adequate wall-to-wall insurance coverage and to provide suitable documentation of such prior to shipment to that venue.

The Exhibition Coordinator of the Southeast Museum of Photography will coordinate and approve all shipping arrangements.

Security, environmental and fire systems required. Facility report must be provided.

The exhibition will be available through 2013.

Juliana Romnes, Exhibition Coordinator. or phone (386) 506-3350.
Southeast Museum of Photography, 1200 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Douglas Kirkland

Click here for fact sheet about Douglas Kirkland, including biographical information. (pdf)
Douglas Kirkland
"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 celebrity portraiture, film photography and photojournalism, Douglas Kirkland’s retrospective is a compelling look into a career in photography spanning over five decades. With just over one hundred images, this exhibition features portraits of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, 'Coco' Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and other icons, alongside famous stills taken on the sets of more than one hundred and fifty films, including The Sound of Music, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 2001-A Space Odyssey, Out of Africa, Titanic, Moulin Rouge and Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia, which was filmed in Australia with Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.

The list of stars and public figures photographed by Douglas Kirkland is extensive and includes a “who’s who” of luminaries including Pierre Cardin, Katherine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, John Wayne, Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Angelina Jolie, Sophia Loren, Marlene Deitrich, Anne Bancroft, Brigitte Bardot, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mick Jagger, Sting, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Morgan Freeman, Andy Warhol, Oliver Stone, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Kline, Shirley MacLaine, Ewan McGregor, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Poitier, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sellers, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Donald Sutherland, Kate Winslet, and Renee Zellweger.

Kirkland’s career had started quickly with Look magazine while still in his early twenties, He later worked at 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. Soon after, in 1961, Kirkland found himself world famous for the sensuous photographs of Marilyn Monroe he had taken for Look’s 25th anniversary issue. Since then, he’s had the opportunity to take pictures of Hollywood’s biggest stars on movie sets, as publicity stills and on numerous other occasions.

For Kirkland, the bottom line is that he loves photography—not just photographing stars, but all types of photography. 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 connect with his subjects.

Douglas Kirkland

  "You are only as good as your last photograph. There is no coasting. It’s a time when all of us, in all types of work have to keep learning all the time, or we are not pertinent, we’re not with the time. I still have the same love for it as I did when I started. I keep that same strong desire—that deep commitment is vital, and if you don’t feel that, then your likelihood of success is substantially diminished. But it starts with ‘yes you can’…but you must be totally committed to it. There’s no halfway. It’s competitive enough that you have to be good at what you do and all things are possible if you have that strong feeling." —Douglas Kirkland

LaGrange Art Museum
February 15 - April 27, 2013


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