Douglas Kirkland is a world-renowned photographer whose prolific career includes everything from photojournalism for LIFE to celebrity portraiture and film photography. He has photographed some of the greatest American icons of the last 50 years—think Marilyn Monroe, Man Ray. His vast portfolio includes the world's most famous dancers and actors, prominent artists and politicians, scientists and shamans, supermodels and street folk, British royal weddings and African tribal dances.
He has previously released several collections of his work that have focused on single subjects—Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, James Cameron's Titanic—as well as a number of career retrospectives playing on different themes different themes. His latest, A Life in Pictures ($125, Glitterati) is a comprehensive volume spanning his full career, from the Masai tribe in Kenya to JFK. With 750 photographs taken over six decades and a foreword by director Baz Luhrmann (Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) and costume designer Catherine Martin, the glossy tome is a must-have for photography buffs and coffee-table book fans alike. (We especially enjoy the iconic photo of Ann Margret tearing through the Las Vegas desert on a chopper.) The photos are accompanied by Kirkland’s own autobiographical career memoirs recounting his history-making life in pictures.