For 30 years Douglas Kirkland has made his living by doing what some photographers might gladly do without charge: taking pictures of glamorous celebrities. In creating the kind of poster-perfect images publicity agents dream of-Marilyn Monroe clad only in silk sheets, for example-he has few peers. Andy Grunberg, The New York Times
Though portraiture is a great strength-[Kirkland’s] initial apprenticeship was with Irving Penn-it’s his journalistic eye that makes for the most striking images. Fred Schruers, Portfolio Magazine
On assignment for Look magazine to photograph the movie star in 1961, Douglas Kirkland photographed Marilyn Monroe and made history for both himself and for the actress. Working in the intimate confines of an unmade bed, the result-still amazing today-is a series of some of the most spontaneous and flirtatious photographs ever taken of this film legend. They made the photographer’s career and added a new facet to that of the actress.
The complete collection of the shoot is accompanied here in a book that belongs on the shelf of every collector, devotee, and connoisseur of the icon that was Marilyn Monroe, the genius that is Douglas Kirkland, or both.