Douglas Kirkland: “What It Was Like To Photograph Audrey & Marilyn”


Douglas Kirkland is one of the world’s most respected photographers whose work has made him a living legend in popular culture and the world of photography. He has captured many of the world’s most famous faces, and created some of the most iconic imagery of our time.

Douglas captured Audrey Hepburn in Paris in 1965 on the set of How to Steal a Million, and it was he who famously photographed a naked Marilyn Monroe in a bed of white silk sheets in 1961.

And now, at 82 years of age, the man himself tells us what photographing these icons was actually like!


On Photographing Marilyn Monroe:

“It was early on the evening of the 17th November, 1961. I eyed my watch as I waited for her to arrive. As you can imagine, my nerves were on a razor’s edge. Imagine me waiting for Marilyn! I was only 27 years old at the time and had been assigned by Look magazine to photograph the most sizzling picture I could capture for their 25th anniversary edition…

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