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Deauville and Kos

"Portrait of a Lady"  -  A Hewlett Packard digital photography teach-in featuring
Douglas Kirkland - the world famous portrait photographer - and our own Angels models!

Douglas Kirkland
The Man Behind the Pictures

Douglas - a native born Canadian - has spent most of his working life in New York and Los Angeles. His career started quickly when he joined "Look Magazine" in his early twenties, and later "Life" during the golden age of 60’s/70’s photo-journalism. Among his assignments were essays on Greece, Lebanon and Japan as well as fashion and celebrity work, photographing Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich among others.

Through the years, Douglas Kirkland has worked on the sets of over one hundred motion pictures. Among them, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "2001", "Turning Point", "Out of Africa", "Titanic" "Moulin Rouge" in Australia with Nicole Kidman. In 2001, he spent a week at sea on the "US Carl Vinson" aircraft carrier with Gene Hackman on "Behind Enemy Lines" and photographed Angelina Jolie on the set of "Life or Something Like It". He recently completed the advertising campaigns for "Down with Love" a comedy with Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor and Baz Luhrman’s "La Boheme" the highly successful opera on Broadway.

Douglas has lectured at The Smithsonian in Washington D.C., The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, at Kodak Centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan as well as at Interfoto in Moscow and at Stanford University’s Publishing Course. In 1995 he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American S.O.C. (Society of Operating Cameramen) and in the autumn of 1997, had a large highly successful retrospective of his work hung in the Scavi Scaligeri in Verona Italy. He has been named “Mentor of the Year” at Fotofusion and “Photographer of the Year” by the PhotoImaging, Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA). His latest book “An Evening with Marilyn Monroe” came out in 2001-2002 with highly successful exhibitions in Milan, Berlin, London, Los Angeles and Paris. Shows of his work are traveling in the US and Europe.

He has photographed some of the most famous faces in entertainment including John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. To see more of Douglas's work, click here:

Douglas Kirkland

HP Lab 2003 was held in Deauville in Northern France and HP Lab 2004 on the island of Kos. Deauville is most famous for its annual film festival which attracts all the Hollywood stars. Deauville itself is style personified. Eddie Murphy, making an appearance a few years ago, said 'it would be a wonderful place to come to on honeymoon'. He's not wrong. Streets adorned with baskets of flowers, chic boutiques for the style conscious, the sumptuous Normandy and Royal hotels and of course the sandy beach - it really is a picture-postcard location.

In 2004, HP Lab moved on to Kos in the Greek Islands.  A wonderful location and a holiday favourite with Europeans.  White sandy beaches and the taste of ouzo!  Again, the hotel was fabulous and the event a great success.

The Lab consisted of a number of simultaneous events covering everything from printers and printer technology to multi-media digital entertainment. Many themes were used for the individual tracks including The Matrix, James Bond and even Shrek!  The photography session accepted only a limited number of people - a total of 60 across all sessions during the week -and the demand for places, as expected, was huge.

The event was managed by Incredibull Ideas of London and the models for the Douglas Kirkland Photography Teach-In were provided by Angels.  In both Deauville and Kos our Angels worked with one of the world's best photographers to illustrate the use of HP digital photography and camera technology during a week-long HP Lab's session on taking the perfect picture entitled "Portrait of a Lady".

The course run by Douglas explored the philosophy and technique of portraiture and focused on making meaningful images of people. The attendees were encouraged to cross the boundaries of the traditional portrait.

After an hour of orientation during which Douglas Kirkland showed some of his work and recounted the circumstances of the sessions, the class moved to a location, working with the Angels' models, using a digital camera. Douglas first demonstrated basic techniques to achieve successful portraits. He showed how to get the best out of the subjects, how to look at them with a caring loving eye and make them feel at ease in front of the camera. Then he helped the members of the class to start photographing the Angels' models. The class explored ways to best bring out drama and beauty, using reflectors and scrims and Douglas shared simple tips to improve the way of photographing and approaching the subjects.

The afternoon portion of this class was spent evaluating the work. Douglas demonstrated some basic PhotoShop® techniques to enhance the portraits and then selected portraits were printed.

After the class finished, Douglas was more than happy to make himself available to anyone who had more questions and were interested in further discussions.

Needless to say, the Angels models enjoyed the event and the experience enormously!  More importantly, the client and the organisers were extremely happy with the outcome.  Yet another successful event for Angels and yet another very happy Angels client!

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copyright © 2003 Douglas Kirkland or © 2003 Hewlett Packard.
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