It would seem a giant step from a small town in Canada to the golden gates of Hollywood and beyond, but in retrospect it seems that Douglas Kirkland was destined to become a player on the world stage of photography. What started as an interest in the family camera led to a lifelong obsession that has literally taken Kirkland from that town to the company of movies stars, fashion superstars, movie sets and even the hallways of royalty.
There was one other thing that inspired Kirkland's lifelong journey into photography: the latest copy of Lifemagazine that arrived in the mail each week. "We would often sit around the lunch table and my dad would go through the magazine with the family," he recalls. "Lifemagazine in those early years, and Lookas well, made a big deal about the photographers -- not just the photography."