During the heyday of magazines in the USA, Douglas Kirkland worked for the greats: Look and Life. Readers were fascinated by his photo essays from foreign lands, and he invented his own style of fashion photography. Above all, he created memorable portraits of a host of stars, such as Marylin Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Burton , Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider, Michael Caine, Matt Dillon, Glenn Close, Barbra Streisand, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
But it was the world of moviemaking that particularly appealed to him. Douglas Kirkland has worked on the sets of over 100 movie productions – participating in many milestones of cinematic history along the way. These include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Out of Africa, Moulin Rouge and Titanic.