Mary Ellen Matthews is an American photographer best known for her work as the official photographer of Saturday Night Live. She has been shooting for the show since 1985 and has captured some of the most iconic images of the show's cast and guests.
Born in New York City, Mary Ellen Matthews began her career as a freelance photographer in the early 1980s. She quickly gained recognition for her work, which was featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, Time, and Newsweek. In 1985, she was hired by Saturday Night Live to be their official photographer.
Since then, Mary Ellen Matthews has become an integral part of the show's history. Her photographs have been used to promote SNL on posters, magazine covers, and other media outlets. She has also photographed many of the show's most famous guests including President Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga.
In addition to her work with SNL, Mary Ellen Matthews has also shot for a variety of other projects including music videos and album covers for artists such as Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones. Her work has been exhibited in galleries around the world and she is a member of both the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Mary Ellen Matthews continues to be an influential figure in photography today. Her iconic images have become synonymous with Saturday Night Live and she remains one of its most beloved photographers.