Images from Rolling Stone Magazine’s Photographer Baron Wolman
The best photographs go further than just showing the literal. They capture a spirit and the essence of the person’s character to shine through. Baron Wolman’s photographs have such power and magic so many years after they were taken, because they document a very special and innocent time before rock and roll became big business. Baron lived in San Francisco in the late 60’s, the nexus of the music culture that captivated the world and culminated in The Summer Of Love in 1969. His neighbors were Janis and Big Brother, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, and the Jefferson Airplane. He had their friendship and trust since he was “one of the tribe”. One of the reasons Baron’s photos of Janis Joplin are poignant is that they give a glimpse into the little girl inside the tortured soul with the great potential for joy that she unfortunately experienced so little of.
Much of the power of photography lies in its humanity. The humanity of the person depicted and the humanity of the person behind the camera. In my many years of working with Baron in the placement of many hundreds of his photographs in homes, collections and museums all over the world, the power of his humanity, creativity and the generosity of his spirit overrides all other thoughts of the wonderful man who is Baron Wolman. Its an honor and pleasure to present this specially curated selection of photographs from the first chief photographer of Rolling Stone Magazine now showing at Gallery 270 in Englewood.