Talking HeadsThe Vent Haven Portraits
By Matthew Rolston
December 7, 2012
224 Pages / Over 100 Full-Color Illustrations
Influential American celebrity photographer, director, and creative director Matthew Rolston turns his eye for portraiture to a new cast of characters with the launch of Talking Heads, The Vent Haven Portraits. Using techniques he has honed over decades of celebrity portraiture, and marking his first foray into the world of fine arts, Rolston has captured the inherent humanity of a rarely-seen collection of unique entertainment figures: ventriloquist dummies. Unearthed from the intimate and obscure Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Rolston used a rigorously formal photographic approach to bring out the power in the faces of these figures through a series of 100 portraits, or “headshots.”
About the Author
Matthew Rolston has been strongly identified throughout his career with the revival and modern expression of Hollywood glamour. His photographs have been published in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, and the New York Times Magazine to name just a few, and he has written and directed music videos and television commercials for a wide range of high-profile clients.