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Douglas Kirkland is one of the most accomplished and celebrated photographers of the last fifty years. This installment of the Creative Inspirations series offers insight into Douglas Kirkland's photography, from his early career at Look magazine during the golden age of photojournalism in the 60s and 70s to his transition from analog to digital photography in the 90s. His iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, and Nicole Kidman, among others, are known all over the world. This series of videos includes a peek into Douglas's work, his studio, and some of his on-location photo shoots. Also view a presentation showcasing his body of work, a discussion with a group of high school photography students, an interview with Douglas and Lynda, and more.
(Music playing.) Douglas Kirkland: Can we take a look at this, Will, this print that you and Miranda just finished? Wow! That's so exciting for me. I mean, look at the detail, it's really cool. Okay, photography is never-- I would never have imagined we could do this. Let's go over. Would you hang it on the wall for us so we can see it a little better? We give it a home here. Will's our specialist because he is even taller than I am.
He is very tall. How tall are you, Will? Will: About 6'4''. Douglas Kirkland: 6'4''. That's what he says. I am 6'3'' and he is much more than an inch higher than I am. Will: Maybe 6'5''. Douglas Kirkland: Oh! Now the truth is coming out. Okay, let's look at this print. Okay, let's look carefully. I want to put my glasses on to see the detail. You know, it's interesting, you can look at every eyelash there. It's amazing. The camera we were shooting with was not one of the highest res cameras. We have the 1Ds Mark III here. That gives you a 60-meg file, but this is done with a 28-meg file,on the 40D Canon.
You might say, why did you use that? Because it's easy and when you're shooting a lot, you don't get so many megabytes as you can't handle them. So for a lot of this work, I still use the 40D. It's a great camera. Then the print, which has been done so well by Miranda and Will, is printed on the Z3100 from HP. Anyway, it's good and when I started photography, I used the big press camera, which you've seen, the 4x5 Speed Graphic. But we got prints that were not this sharp and I could never have imagined I'd pick up a 35mm sized camera, that was a digital camera, and get detail like that, endless detail.
Look at the graduating tones, it's cool. We are so lucky. This is the best time in history as far as I'm concerned, in terms of what capabilities we have. Just imagine, we just shot this in this very room yesterday, one day ago. Here we are, less than 24 hours later, and it's on the wall in museum condition. And this print, according to Wilhelm Institute, will last approximately 250 years. Unbelievable.
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