Douglas Kirkland started out as an assistant to Irving Penn when he first moved to New York at the age of 24. After an early stint working for Look, he joined Life magazine as a staff photographer. He worked there in the 1960s and ’70s, an era often referred to as the golden age of photojournalism.
Known for his charming and gentle demeanor, Kirkland has served as the sole photographer on the sets of hundreds of films, from The Sound of Music to Titanic. His extensive archive of A-list portraits includes Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, John Travolta, Michael Jackson, Brigitte Bardot and Andy Warhol. Here, Cher photographed by Douglas Kirkland at Venice Beach in 1979.