Douglas Kirkland - Photo by D. Kirkland
"I remember looking through the tiny viewfinder of my parents' Brownie camera, and fantasizing that I was filming a movie while following the actions of my family. Ultimately, my life took me in the direction of still photography. I worked at Look and Life magazines during an era now known as 'The Golden Age of Photojournalism.' That led to work as a special still photographer on more than 100 movies, from The Sound of Music, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to Titanic and Moulin Rouge. On sets, I instinctively watched the movements of the director of photography to get a sense of how scenes would flow and where I should ideally position myself. … I have been photographing Kodak's On Film ad campaign since 1991, which includes many of the world's leading cinematographers. My cameras have contained a variety of films through the years. To this day, when I hold an original transparency or a piece of film that has just come back from the lab, I am seduced by the magic I feel."
Douglas Kirkland's iconic images of celebrities are exhibited worldwide, and published in several of his books. He has also received numerous awards, and is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers.
For more on Douglas Kirkland, visit www.douglaskirkland.com
For a look back at the legacy of the Kodak On Film campaign with John Bailey, ASC, read his blog at: www.theasc.com/blog.