Renowned photographer, director, and creative director Matthew Rolston receives the Smashbox Visual Impact Award, sponsored by Variety and Women’s Wear Daily

Last Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles, Variety and WWD teamed up to celebrate outstanding talents in the worlds of fashion, beauty, and style who made an impact on the entertainment industry in the past year. Among the presenters and honorees at the First Annual Variety and WWD StyleMakers celebration, hosted by Smashbox Studios in Culver […]

Matthew Rolston photographs singer-songwriter Jewel for her new album, “Picking Up the Pieces”

  Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel released a new album this month called Picking Up the Pieces, and Matthew Rolston photographed her for the marketing campaign. The project included several elements, including the album package, outdoor, Web, PR, and merchandise, as well as a book jacket for her latest book. Matthew took the project on because of […]

Photographer Matthew Rolston documents California’s beloved Pageant of the Masters for The Wall Street Journal

  As an 8-year-old, photographer and director-to-be Matthew Rolston was taken by his family to see the Pageant of the Masters, a somewhat offbeat and much-cherished theatrical event in Laguna Beach, California, in which set designers, makeup artists, and amateur actors give their all to faithfully re-create famous paintings in the flesh. The tableaux vivants—or […]

Matthew Rolston’s acclaimed “Talking Heads” series to appear at Paris Photo Los Angeles

Select images from “Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits,” the celebrated fine-art series by photographer and director Matthew Rolston, will be showcased at this year’s Paris Photo Los Angeles. Highly anticipated among collectors, Paris Photo Los Angeles is the U.S. edition of the world’s preeminent art fair for works created in the photographic medium. On […]

Art Center College of Design’s film department selects Matthew Rolston to launch its Visiting Artist Program

For artists, success is arguably measured not just by the work one creates but by the influence of the artist himself. So it was indeed an honor when Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, invited photographer, filmmaker, and creative director Matthew Rolston to be the inaugural guest lecturer for the film department’s Visiting […]

From the archives: Renée Zellweger photographed by Matthew Rolston in 2006

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Mummy dearest: The Wall Street Journal’s exclusive first look at Matthew Rolston’s startling new fine-art series, “Vanitas: The Palermo Portraits”

. Noted celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston, fresh off the success of “Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits,” his book and exhibition featuring monumentally scaled portraits of vintage ventriloquist dummies, recently completed his latest fine-art project—and this new series is just as striking and unexpected. Rolston’s “Vanitas: The Palermo Portraits” comprises portraits of mummies from the […]

Matthew Rolston shoots famed contemporary artist Francesco Vezzoli in vintage Hollywood style

. Matthew Rolston moves nimbly among many worlds: celebrity photography, fine art, creative direction, and brand creation. And his latest portrait commission brought two of those worlds together, with stunning results. For a recent exposé on the life and times of celebrated artist Francesco Vezzoli, commissioned by Italian Vanity Fair, Rolston drew on Vezzoli’s art […]

From the archives: two portraits of Charlize Theron, circa 1999, by Matthew Rolston

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Matthew Rolston’s “Talking Heads” exhibition makes some noise in Los Angeles

The opening reception early last month for the exhibition “Matthew Rolston: Talking Heads” was well received, drawing a crowd of collectors and celebrities (including Diane Keaton) alike. The show, at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art in Los Angeles, was also well received by the press. . . “The photographer’s striking, monumentally scaled portraits of ventriloquist dummies […]


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