Russell's career began with an epiphany:
“Standing on the side of the 18th green at the Old Course at St. Andrews, with the sunlight drenching the Royal & Ancient clubhouse, and the light illuminating the green I decided to follow my passion for golf with my love of photos by marrying the two together.”
World renowned golf course photographer Russell Kirk brings his personal passion for golf to his photographs. Having achieved a successful career as an advertising photographer in New York producing award winning campaigns for clients such as, A.T.&T., IBM, Rolex, Hallmark, Kodak, Pentax, Textron, EZ-GO, Visa and American Express, Kirk decided to merge his vocation and avocation.
Before long he was one of the premier golf course photographers in the world.
His images have been seen in Links Magazine, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, American Express Golf & Travel, The Golfer, The U.S. Open Journal and The Ryder Cup Journal.
Kirk’s images have moreover been featured in Planet Golf, Golf Architecture, 365 Days of Golf, Fairways and Golf Course of the U.S. Open.
Kirk has spent the last twenty years creating a portfolio of courses such as The Old Course at St. Andrews, Shinnecock Hills, Southern Hills Country Club, Merion Golf Club, Medinah Country Club and many other championship courses.
The Atlanta based Kirk works closely with many of the top golf course designers, courses and resorts to capture images reflecting the beauty and subtle nuances of the world’s most coveted courses. “Photography and golf enable me to travel the world seeing courses & places that I might never have seen”, says Kirk. “No matter how long I photograph golf courses, the beauty and the allure of the courses will never be lost on me. I constantly look for the moment.”
Kirk’s portfolio includes images from courses in 35 states and a total of 320 courses around the world. as such he is sought by private clubs, resorts and golf advertisers. It can be viewed here.