The Los Angeles Center of Photography presents its 5th Annual Fundraising Gala – A Love Letter to L.A. The online event honors the recipients of the 2020 Stieglitz Award, award-winning celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland and his wife, Francoise Kirkland, for their decades of continued excellence and commitment to the photographic community of Los Angeles. The Stieglitz Award is a new award given to one photographer annually by the Los Angeles Center of Photography.

Dennis Hopper By Douglas Kirkland

Douglas Kirkland joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, then Life Magazine during the golden age of photojournalism in the 1960s and 1970s. He has photographed over 2,000 assignments and more than 600 major celebrities —from Marilyn Monroe to Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. Kirkland has worked on the sets of more than 150 motion pictures, including The Sound of Music (1963), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Out of Africa (1985), Titanic (1997), Moulin Rouge (2000), Australia (2007), and The Great Gatsby (2011).

LACP will also acknowledge the work of Los Angeles photographer Estevan Oriol who has been photographing the street culture in Los Angeles for decades, juxtaposing the glamorous and gritty planes of the city’s eclectic communities.

During the gala, LACP will feature a segment that recognizes and showcases the work of the incredibly brave heroes of the Los Angeles Times photography staff who have been on the front lines of the pandemic and protests throughout Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times photographer Luis Sinco will lead the segment. Photographers include: Jeff Amlotte, Gabriella Angotti-Jones, Jason Armond, Myung Chun, Jay L. Clendenin, Carolyn Cole, Gina Ferazzi, Robert Gautheir, Christina House, Irfan Khan, Dania Maxwell, Mel Melcon, Genaro Molina, Kent Nishimura, Francine Orr, Allen Schaben, Al Seib, Wally Skalij, Mariah Tauger, Brian Van Der Brug, and Marcus Yam. The event will feature an auction as well. Visit the website for a full list of artists.

The LACP Gala takes place on Saturday, October 24, 5 pm – 6:30 pm PST, 2020; Admission: LACP Member Rate – FREE; Single Tickets – $100; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets;