|Born||Matthew Russell Rolston
March 1, 1955
Los Angeles, California, United States
Matthew Russell Rolston (born March 1, 1955) is an American photographer, director, and creative director. Rolston 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.
Born in Los Angeles, Rolston was "discovered" by Andy Warhol  for Warhol's celebrity focused Interview magazine, where he began a successful career in photography. Soon after, he began shooting covers and editorial assignments for founding editor Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone. Shortly, other well-established publications began to recognize[vague] Rolston’s work, such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Esquire, Cosmopolitan,O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times.
Extending his vision beyond still photography into the moving image, Rolston began conceiving, writing and directing music videos and television commercials for such diverse clients as Madonna, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, L’Oreal, Revlon, Estée Lauder, Clairol, Levi's, Pantene, Elizabeth Arden, Gap, and Polo Ralph Lauren, among others.
Rolston has also appeared as a guest expert on a spectrum of beauty-oriented broadcast programs, from Bravo's Shear Genius and Make Me a Supermodel to the CW's America's Next Top Model. Adding the title of creative director to his résumé, Rolston also works in the area of experiential design, including hospitality, product design, and new media ventures.
Music video filmography
- Salt-n-Pepa & En Vogue - "Whatta Man"
- Debbie Gibson - "Losin' Myself"
- David Bowie - "Miracle Goodnight"
- TLC - "Creep"
- Salt-n-Pepa - "None of Your Business"
- New Kids on the Block - "Never Let You Go"
- Eternal - "Just A Step From Heaven"
- Jon Secada - "If You Go"
- Crystal Waters - "100% Pure Love"
- Brand New Heavies - "Brother Sister"
- Seal - "Kiss From a Rose" (Version 1)
- Vanessa Williams - "The Way That You Love"
- Quincy Jones feat. Babyface, Tamia, Portrait & Barry White - "Slow Jams"
- Mary J. Blige - "I'm Going Down (Rose Royce song)
- TLC - "Red Light Special"
- Brandy - "Best Friend"
- Paula Abdul - "Crazy Cool"
- Quincy Jones feat. Tamia - "You Put a Move on My Heart"
- En Vogue - "Don't Let Go (Love)"
- Lenny Kravitz - "Can't Get You Off My Mind" (Version 1/Unreleased)
- Bryan Adams - "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You"
- Bryan Adams - "Let's Make a Night to Remember"
- Paula Abdul - "Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up"
- En Vogue - "Whatever"
- Jewel - "Foolish Games"
- Salt-n-Pepa feat. Sheryl Crow - "Imagine" (Unreleased)
- Maxwell - "Sumthin' Sumthin'"
- Lori Carson - "Something's Got Me"
- Morrissey - "Alma Matters"
- Marilyn Manson - "Long Hard Road Out of Hell"
- Matchbox Twenty - "Real World"
- Foo Fighters - "Walking After You"
- Garbage - "I Think I'm Paranoid"
- Natalie Imbruglia - "Wishing I Was There" (Version 2/U.S. Version)
- Lenny Kravitz - "Thinking of You"
- Madonna - "The Power of Good-Bye"
- Natalie Imbruglia - "Smoke"
- Sheryl Crow - "There Goes the Neighborhood"
- Janet Jackson - "Every Time"
- Jewel - "Jupiter (Swallow the Moon)"
- Melanie B - "Word Up" (Version 2/Austin Powers Version)
- Jewel - "What's Simple Is True"
- Lucie Silvas - "It's Too Late"
- M2M - "Mirror Mirror"
- Lucy Pearl - "Don't Mess with My Man"
- Backstreet Boys - "Shape of My Heart"
- Faith Evans - "I Love You"
- Lenny Kravitz - "Believe in Me"
- Beyoncé - "Work It Out"
- LeAnn Rimes - "Life Goes On"
- Enrique Iglesias - "Love to See You Cry"
- Nick Carter - "Do I Have to Cry for You?"
- TLC - "Hands Up"
- Anastacia - "Love Is a Crime"
- Faith Hill - "You're Still Here
- Kiley Dean - "Make Me a Song" (Version 2)
- Clay Aiken - "This Is the Night"
- Dream feat. Loon - "Crazy"
- Sugababes - "Hole in the Head"
- Jamelia - "Thank You"
- George Michael - "Amazing"
- Sugababes - "In the Middle"
- Jessica Simpson - "Angels"
- Christina Milian - "Dip It Low"
- Brandy - "Afrodisiac"
- Natasha Bedingfield - "I Bruise Easily"
- Sugababes - "Push the Button"
- Destiny's Child - "Stand up for Love"
- Eurythmics - "I've Got a Life"
- Mary J. Blige - "Be Without You"
- Jewel - "Again and Again"
- Jessica Simpson - "I Belong to Me"
- Beyoncé - "Listen" (Version 2/Fashion Shoot Version)
- Beyoncé - "Listen" (Version 2/Fashion Shoot Version - Director's Cut)
- Hilary Duff - "With Love"
- Christina Aguilera - "Candyman"
- Avril Lavigne - "Hot"
- Jordin Sparks - "Tattoo" (Version 1/U.S. Version)
- Kelly Rowland - "Ice" (featuring Lil Wayne)
- Jennifer Love Hewitt - "I'm A Woman" (from "The Client List")
- beautyLIGHT: Pictures at a Magazine – 1st Edition, teNeues, 2008
- Big Pictures: A Book of Photographs – 1st Edition, A Bulfinch Press Book, 1991
- Henry Keazor, Thorsten Wübbena: Video Thrills The Radio Star. Musikvideos: Geschichte, Themen, Analysen. Bielefeld 2005, p. 27ss.
- ""Photographer Matthew Rolston: How to light yourself at home"". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- Krier, Beth Ann (October 22, 1991). ""Guardian of Glamour : Photographer Matthew Rolston Focuses on Images of the Past to Capture Today's Stars."". The Los Angeles Times (Articles.latimes.com). Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- Mark Edward Harris. "Matthew Rolston - Simply Glamorous." Digital Photo Pro: Monday, March 3, 2008
- November 2012 ""Photographer-Turned-Hotel-Creative Director Matthew Rolston"". Travelandleisure.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. Rolston’s representatives for his commercial still photography work include Stockland Martel Inc., New York and Kathrin Hohberg, Munich. His music video work is represented by LARK Creative, Los Angeles. In the areas of environmental and product design as well as creative direction and brand creation, he is represented by Culture + Commerce, New York. For entertainment and new media, Rolston is represented by William Morris Endeavor. Rolston's fine art photography is represented by the Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles and Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, Los Angeles.
- "Brandy Shoots ‘Wildest Dreams’ Video". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- Matthew Rolston Photographer Inc.
- William Morris Endeavor Talent Agency
- Stockland Martel Photo Agency / U.S.
- LARK Creative Music Video Rep
- Kathrin-Hohberg Photo Agency / Europe
- Culture & Commerce Business, Branding, and Design Agency
- Fahey/Klein Gallery Fine Art Gallery
- Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, Fine Art Gallery
- Matthew Rolston at the Internet Movie Database