Photography Plus – Jodie Foster, 1991 – A photo by Matthew Rolston

Hollywood Glamour

Hollywood glamour
Slowly removing the masks
Revealing the truth

Matthew Rolston (1955 -) The American photographer was ‘discovered’ by Andy Warhol, who commissioned portraits for proto-celebrity magazine, Interview, soon followed by assignments for Rolling Stone, from founding editor Jann Wenner, and from Vanity Fair magazine, under editors Tina Brown and later, Graydon Carter.

© Film Magic/Paul Archuleta, Matthew Rolston,

This sparked an extraordinary career, with photographs published in Interview, Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and over 100 covers of Rolling Stone. Rolston’s images are notable for their glamorous lighting and detail-rich sets.

Rolston’s work has helped define the contemporary aesthetics of American portrait photography. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are in the permanent collections of LACMA and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. as well as many others.

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Photo 1 Attribution, © Matthew Rolston, Jodie Foster, 1991 (Director II, Los Angeles,
© MRPI (Courtesy Fahey/Klein, Los Angeles).

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Matthew Rolston (1955 – ) an American artist, photographer, director and creative director. He is known for his signature lighting techniques and detailed approach to art direction and design and has been repeatedly identified throughout his career with the revival and modern expression of Hollywood glamour.

Rolston studied drawing and painting at the Chouinard Art Institute and Otis College of Art & Design, as well as the San Francisco Art Institute. He also studied illustration, photography, imaging and film at Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California, where in 2006, he received an Honorary Doctorate.

While still a student at Art Centre, Rolston was “discovered” by Andy Warhol,for Warhol’s celebrity focused Interview magazine, where he began a successful career in photography.

Soon afterwards, Rolston began shooting covers and editorial assignments for founding editor Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone, as well as for other publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, O: The Oprah Magazine and The New York Times.

Along with Herb Ritts, Rolston was a member of an influential group of photographers, among them, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel, to emerge from the 1980’s magazine scene.

Rolston’s career spans the areas of photography, film, creative direction, experiential design (including hospitality development), branding, product design, new media ventures, fine art and publishing.

As Rolston began to redefine the scope of his career, he expanded his practice into the fields of creative direction and branding, developing innovative projects in the area of experiential design, including hospitality projects, product design and new media ventures.

Rolston also conceives, writes and directs film projects, having directed over 100 music videos and 200 television commercials in his career.

Rolston has also created four photographic fine art projects that have led to a series of publications and exhibitions.

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