Photo Above: Douglas Kirkland photographs Marilyn Monroe

Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly presents this exclusive weekend workshop, "A Master Class with Douglas Kirkland" with iconic photographer Douglas Kirkland from Los Angeles.

This will be Douglas's first ever workshop conducted in Vancouver, and VPW is proud to be bringing him up here!

See a master at work and gain a more intimate understanding of that special connection between a photographer and their subject.

Douglas will draw on his extensive experience photographing famed stars from the past half century, through lecture and demonstrations, to guide students through the nuances of working with people to create truly honest and evocative portraits.

This workshop is a rare opportunity for aspiring and professional photographers alike, to advance their photographic skills under the guidance of a world-renowned, award-winning, iconic photographer like Douglas Kirkland.

This is your chance to peek into the mind of one of the photo industry's most influential artists.

When Douglas talks about photography, his passion and gusto are infectious. This kind of lifelong commitment to the pursuit of creative excellence is what drives our industry forward, and to experience such vigor straight from the source is an opportunity not to be missed.

Douglas encourages students to ask questions and promotes open interaction through discussions about the inspirations and feelings that drive artistic work.

The weekend will begin with a morning lecture, followed by a demonstration and hands-on shooting time for all participants.

On Day 2 will start with a second shooting session, followed by some post-production and image critique in the afternoon. Douglas believes that "studio is a state of mind"…that sense of control of the shoot comes from within and that is exactly what this weekend workshop will be focused on – thinking on your feet while maintaining that all-important connection with your subject.

Students are encouraged to bring a portfolio of their recent work, camera, and a laptop with editing software.

About Douglas Kirkland:


Douglas Kirkland started his career at Look and Life Magazines in the 60’s and 70’s  “golden age” of photojournalism. He has worked on the set of over 100 motion pictures:  Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Out of Africa, Titanic, Moulin Rouge and Australia. His iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas, among others are known all over the world. Some of his books include Light Years, Legends, Body Stories, An Evening With Marilyn, the best selling James Cameron’s Titanic, Freeze Frame: a decade by decade look behind the scenes from 50 years photographing the entertainment industry and Coco Chanel, Three Weeks. He has received numerous awards among which a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American S.O.C, a Lucie for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Photography in 2003, The Golden Eye of Russia in April 2006 and a Life Time Achievement Award from CAPIC in his native Toronto Canada in May 2006. In October 2007, Douglas received an Honorary Master of Fine Arts Degree from Brooks Institute for his deep commitment and dedication to his profession. Among his current book projects are a Black & White volume When We Were Young and a monograph on his career Douglas Kirkland – A Life in Pictures. “Michael Jackson - the Making of Thriller was published in October 2010.

His work has been exhibited worldwide and his exhibition Freeze Frame at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now in their permanent collection. In September of 2008, Vanity Fair Italy organized a retrospective at the prestigious Museum of the Triennale in Milan and a major retrospective of his work opened on September 10 at the Museum of Modern Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia.

When he is not traveling the globe on assignment with his wife and business partner Francoise, his home and studio is in the Hollywood Hills.





Maximum 15 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Camera with at least 1 lens


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If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

For our Photo Tours (both in Canada and abroad), 1 to 10 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

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Class Dates Time Early-Bird Discount: Location Tuition Registration
Evening Presentation January 18, 2013 Doors: 6:30pm
Event begins: 7pm

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