Picturing Rock ‘n’ Roll with Baron Wolman

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Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone magazine’s first chief photographer, joined All Sides With Ann Fisher to talk about his work covering some of the greatest rock icons of all time, including Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and many more.

All of those and more – including some never before released photographs from his private collection — are discussed in Wolman’s upcoming book: “Every Picture Tells a Story: The Rolling Stone Years.”

Although he only worked with Rolling Stone for three years, from its start-up in 1967 until 1970, Wolman said the magazine was groundbreaking for its time and has continued to document the times in which we live, from the 60s to the present.

“(The Rolling Stone) is an important contribution to the social history of our time,” he said, adding later that, “Rolling Stone is an important publication, has been from day one. Lifestyle, politics, they were spot on.”

Wolman said his work is journalistic rather than portraiture. He did most of his work on location at concerts with manual cameras using black and white film. “You cannot listen to the music. If you stop to listen to the music, you miss the picture,” he said.

His love of photography started in childhood. “I use photography to explore life, I was very curious about life from the very first time I picked up a camera,” Wolman said.

Wolman, a Bexley native who now makes his home in Santa Fe, later founded a fashion magazine, learned to fly, did aviation photography, and started his own publishing house. He has also done freelance work for the Oakland Raiders and VH1.

Baron Wolman will be speaking May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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