Sunday, October 1, 2017

The stories behind some iconic ‘SNL’ photos

From CNN.

Tina Fay in a parody of George Lois' cover for Esquire.

They’re the first thing you see when “Saturday Night Live” comes back from a commercial break: Those iconic celebrity portraits, so bold and fun and quirky that they almost seem to jump off the screen.

They’ve been a staple of the show since 1975, highlighting each night’s host and musical guest and setting the mood for the entertainment to come.

Melissa McCarthy in a parody of Diane Arbus’ photo of identical twins in 1967.

“I like to think of it as a billboard of sorts,” said photographer Mary Ellen Matthews, who has been in charge of the shoots since 1999. “It's just such an opportunity to showcase the host and their personality.”

Lady Gaga

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