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Retrospective of SNL Photographer Mary Ellen Matthews Launches at John Varvatos

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It’s a shame that one of only things reliably worth watching Saturday Night Live for lasts less than a minute in the show’s hour and half runtime. They’re the title/photo cards used between commercials, shot by the show’s staff photographer, Mary Ellen Matthews. After 10 years with the program, her great work, both shooting straight shots of the host and musical guests, as well as the more setup intensive, is finally getting its due with a retrospective at John Varvatos‘ Bowery-based shoe store/former CBGB location (which seems like a certain heightening of irony there when considering SNL and lost cultural edges), with the exhibition “Live from New York: A Decade of Portraits,” which is set to run until early-August. The opening for the show was Monday night and you can check out all the celebrity photos here. For further reading, we recommend this interview with Matthews from a little while back (complete with accompanying photos and comments about each) over at Spinner.

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