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See Classic Rolling Stone Portraits From Matthew Rolston’s ‘Hollywood Royale’ Book

Photographer’s new volume features intimate, artful photos of Bono, Brian Wilson and more

See selections from Matthew Rolston's Rolling Stone photography, including portraits of David Byrne, Bono and Brian WIlson, from his new book 'Hollywood Royale.'

Matthew Rolston for Rolling Stone/Courtesy Fahey/Klein Los Angeles

Photographer Matthew Rolston enjoyed a long history with Rolling Stone, shooting more than 100 covers for the magazine. Selections from Rolston’s Eighties and Nineties RS work, along with other images from his extensive archive, are featured in a new book, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles. Below, view a sampling of Rolston’s Rolling Stone portraits from the book, including striking images of Bono, Brian Wilson and Terence Trent D’Arby. 

Rolston looked back on each image to provide commentary on how it came about. “David Byrne was so much more than a pop star,” he says of the Talking Heads frontman, the subject of a 1992 Rolling Stone shoot. “He was really a conceptual artist who happened to hit it big in pop music. Best known as the frontman of the legendary band Talking Heads, here I played off that heritage in a rather obvious way. Once again using the 8×10 camera (because I was enamored of its level of detail), I decided to simply show his head – talking (and listening). We played with the idea of call and response, listening and creating. After all, that’s what music’s all about.”

Scroll down for more images and commentary, and go here to learn more about the book, and a Rolston exhibit currently on view at L.A.’s Fahey/Klein Gallery.

Matthew Rolston for Rolling Stone/Courtesy Fahey/Klein Los Angeles

Andie MacDowell, “I”; New York, 1989

Actress Andie MacDowell, then and now one of America’s most beautiful and talented women, had just recently given birth, so when we met for this shoot, she was a bit nervous about exposing her changing body. We decided to take inspiration from one of my favorite artists of the Belle Epoch, Alphonse Mucha, and one of his early 20th century panels, “The Seasons.” I’ve always looked to the past for a comment on the present, and still do. We used the colors, the feminine body pose, and the idea of rebirth from Mucha’s work to guide our shoot. Although it looks like body painting, Andie’s wardrobe consisted of nothing more than a Chanel scarf and some warm water to make it stick to her skin. Courageous Andie! 

Matthew Rolston for Rolling Stone/Courtesy Fahey/Klein Los Angeles

Sherilyn Fenn, “Portrait with Maraschino Cherry”; Los Angeles, 1990

I’ve always tried to give a conceptual angle to my portraiture, even if it wasn’t immediately obvious to the viewer. If I could, I wanted one of my magazine portraits to be a moment of entertainment in and of itself. This shoot took place during the heyday of Twin Peaks and took direct inspiration from Sherilyn Fenn’s femme fatale character, Audrey Horne. Audrey was a sex symbol for a massive audience in the Nineties, and the scene where she knots a cherry stem with her tongue instantly became iconic. Perhaps obvious, but we had to give fans another taste of that unforgettable moment. 

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