Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Life in Pictures
Video: Course highlightsThis documentary follows legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland as he assembles his first career retrospective, A Life in Pictures, and recalls pivotal moments in his career.
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Photographer. Photojournalist. Industry legend. Douglas Kirkland has been taking pictures for over 50 years. He's built an archive of more than a million images—a body of work that grows larger every day. For the first time, Douglas has assembled a collection that celebrates the complete scope of his photography, laid out in a new book called A Life in Pictures. This documentary follows him as he selects images for the book, reviews the proofs, and receives the final print, while recalling the most pivotal moments in his career. Hear stories about working with Hollywood greats and learn the history behind cameras from his extensive collection, including the Kodak Brownie that started it all.
Of all the books I have done, at this point in my life, this is the most important one. Female 1: Here is somebody who has has been doing brilliant work from the very beginning. And I thought this is really a wonderful opportunity to say, this is the career of Douglas Kirkland. Male 1: How did I end up where I am? And it was a lot of series of small steps. In this book, I recall and recount all of these steps that occurred.
That click. That small click is really where my career and my excitement about photography began. When I worked with Marilyn, was a Hasselblad. I did not say to Marilyn put your arm up, do this, do that. I just talked. The flirting. The vibes going back between us. That went into the camera. It's quite overwhelming when somebody says, show your life's work. As a photographer, you want your pictures to look a certain way.
And you want your work to be represented at its very best. I have no intention of ever retiring. As long as this hand can lift a camera and to push that button, I want to keep doing it. It's the joy of my life. And this is an ultimate expression for me.
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