Douglas Kirkland (1934 - 2022) was born in Toronto, Canada. He joined Look Magazine in his early twenties and later Life Magazine during the golden age of 60’s/70’s photojournalism.
Douglas Kirkland’s fine arts photography has been exhibited all over the world. His exhibition of Freeze Frame is now in the permanent collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. His work is also in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Eastman House in Rochester, the Houston Center for Photography and the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
He was also a sought-after lecturer. In September 2008, Vanity Fair Italy organized a retrospective of his work at the Museum of the Triennale in Milan. He is a member of the prestigious Canon’s Explorers of Light and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers. Some of his awards include a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American S.O.C., a Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Photography from the IPA in 2003, and The Golden Eye of Russia in April 2006. In February 2011, the American Society of Cinematographers ASC presented him with the prestigious President’s Award. In the summer of 2015, he received a special Nastri D'Argento (Silver Ribbon) at the International Taormina Film Festival. The Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles presented him with the Award of Excellence in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding accomplishments in September 2017. In Toronto 2019, the CAFA (Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards) gave him an Outstanding Achievement award for his photography career.