Indeed, Kirkland has photographed famous beauties since his days at Look in the '60s, from icons like Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich to contemporary stunners like Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman. His dedication to the fairer sex continues in other book projects he has lined up, including a book on Italian women and a longer-term project called The Women in My Life. "The theme of The Women in My Life starts with my mother," he says. "'Respectful' is the first word I'd want to describe my photography of women, and this book is a tribute to women."
Kirkland considers himself lucky that his business partner is also his life partner. "My wife, Francoise, and I have had a very good life together. We have this comfortable balance."
A recent collaboration by this husband-and-wife team is When We Were Young, written by Francoise with photos taken by Kirkland more than 30 years ago. "I found 3,000 negatives shot in the south of France in the late '60s of Francoise's brother and his girlfriend. It's very beautiful and alive, all shot in black and white and written like a diary."
"Francoise traveled with me when I worked for Life and Look, and knows the field very well." She manages Kirkland 's hectic calendar and provides a critical fresh eye for his photography.
"We never set out to make our relationship work, it just evolved," says Kirkland. "The fact that she's European and I'm from Canada is good, because we bring different things to the table. It's wonderful to have such harmony with a partner--an idyllic situation for both of us."
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