In 1961, Douglas Kirkland was assigned by Look magazine to shoot a feature on Marilyn Monroe for the 25th anniversary of the magazine. He was only 26 years old and had the chance to spend a sensual, intimate and spontaneous evening with the most beautiful woman of the time. The 55 photographs featured in An Evening With Marilyn are the result of that encounter. The series consists of Marilyn posing sensually in bed, with only a silk sheet between her and the camera. Kirkland was a novice photographer at the time, nothing compared to his prolific career today, but according to Kirkland, the two of them shared a tension-filled shoot that helped create these stunning photographs. Thinking back on the evening today, he describes their time together as though they “were in a beautiful dance,” with Marilyn leading of course.
Marilyn, with her sweet intuitiveness, made it easy. She simply said, “Okay I know what we need. We need a bed with white silk sheets and nothing else, and it will work. “But,” she added, “the sheets must be silk.” She had done the biggest part of my job for me: understood my ideas and articulated them better than I had been able to — bless her.
– Douglas Kirkland
The number and the size of the photographs can be adapted to specific curatorial projects and the structure of the venue.
Number of photographs available: 55 color photographs
Size: photos can be printed up to a maximum of 150×100 cm
Douglas Kirkland is an award-winning celebrity photographer. He joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, then Life Magazine during the golden age of photojournalism in the 1960s and 1970s. He simultaneously contributed to other major publications around the world, including The London Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and Town & Country among many others.
Between 1960 and present, Douglas Kirkland photographed over 2,000 assignments and more than 600 major celebrities — from Marilyn Monroe to Angelina Jolie. During the same period he worked on the sets of more than 150 motion pictures, including The Sound of Music (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Out of Africa (1985) Titanic (1997) Moulin Rouge (2000), Australia (2007), The Great Gatsby (2011), and The 33 in 2014.
His publications include: Freeze Frame: 5 Decades/50 Years/400 Photographs; Icons; Legends and Douglas Kirkland – A Life in Pictures; Freeze Frame – Second Cut.
His photographs have been exhibited throughout the world and are included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra Australia, the Smithsonian Museum, the Eastman House, the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane Australia and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences among others. During his career he won numerous awards and in the summer of 2015, he received a special Nastro D’Argento (Silver Ribbon) at the International Taormina Film Festival.