All the great celebrities of cinema, showbiz and music business posed in front of his camera: Sting, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Brigitte Bardot, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, to name a few, but also Marilyn Monroe and Coco Chanel.
Douglas Kirkland (1934) started his career as Staff Photographer for the US-magazine Look. In 1961, he was assigned by Look to photograph Marilyn Monroe for the 25th anniversary of the magazine.. The series taken on “the most memorable evening” of his life brought instant fame for the young photographer. Marilyn Monroe decided how she would be photographed, a process Kirkland appreciated. Marilyn wanted white silk over her body, she wanted to listen to Frank Sinatra, and she wanted a sip of Dom Pérignon. Marilyn herself selected the photographs. And whatever she signed off on from this series is presented in the Stadthaus exhibition.
A year later, in 1962, Kirkland worked for Look in Paris. For three weeks, he accompanied Coco Chanel, followed her with his camera as she left her suite at the Ritz, he photographed her in her apartment, at her atelier in Rue Cambon and during a fashion show. Douglas Kirkland documented the daily life of the most famous stylist of all the times. His series presents the 79-year-old fashion icon at work: she looks amused, flirtatious, professional, friendly, young, full of energy.
Douglas Kirkland has worked as a set photographer on more than 100 film productions. 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. Today, Douglas Kirkland who celebrated his 85th birthday last August lives in Los Angeles with his wife and business partner Francoise.
ELEGANT & FABULÖS
by Douglas Kirkland
exhibition organized by Stadthaus Ulm in collaboration with Photo Op
September 20, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Opening: Thursday, 19 September 2019, 7 – 9 p.m.
Mon – Tue – Wed – Fri – Sat > 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday > 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday > 11 am – 6 pm