A New Douglas Kirkland Exhibition: From Marilyn Monroe to John Lennon

The iconic Canadian photographer Douglas Kirkland has spent six decades photographing the most famous faces of the era.

The one who really made him famous was the wonderful Marilyn Monroe, who asked Kirkland to photograph her wearing only a white silk sheet in bed in 1961.

Marilyn and Kirkland during the photo session.
Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center

Marilyn’s death was a shock for him, yet he was just at the beginning of his career: when he was still a 20-year-old he had the opportunity to spend three weeks with Coco Chanel (and he never saw her remove her hat!)

Coco was followed by a long list of other immortal icons, like Sophia Loren, Grace Jones, Audrey Hepburn, and Brigitte Bardot.

These amazing photographs will be shown in the retrospective exhibition “Douglas Kirkland,” which is now on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center in California, through April 21, 2019.

Here a glance at the photos exposed!

Marilyn Monroe.
Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center
Coco Chanel.
Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center
Brigitte Bardot.
Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center
Charlie Chaplin and Sophia Loren.
Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center
Audrey Hepburn.
Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center
John Lennon.
Douglas Kirkland, courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center
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