Imagine being approached by Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s founder, to be the chief photographer and first ever photographer for the publication. For Baron Wolman in 1967, this became a reality.
Toledo is lucky enough to host acclaimed photographer Baron Wolman in person on Thursday, March 21 at 7pm, to share with us some of his experiences as an individual who had a lens (literally and figuratively) into a lifestyle few ever get to partake in. He will speak in detail about the photographs that currently grace his exhibit, “Rock On: Photographs by Baron Wolman” at the Walter E Terhune Art Gallery.
The exhibit has been on display since January 7th, with the final exhibit day on March 28th, and is a can’t-miss collection of 30 of his most cherished photographs with some of the world’s renowned musicians. Wolman’s assignments had him sharing the most intimate of experiences with and photographing the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Tina Turner, among other great entertainers.
Visit Wolman’s website and you get a sense that his demeanor could probably quickly put anyone at ease—the first words you see on the website are “Baron Wolman Photography – Mixing Business and Pleasure Since 1965.” Wolman is a man who clearly knows how to engage with and get the best both photographically and personally out of people who generally need to be quite private for the sake of their own safety.
For an initial glimpse at some of the incredible moments Wolman has eternally captured with his lens, take a gander through this online collection of photographs. Wolman lived and worked in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury in the ’60s, and was able to capture the Summer of Love and the musical talent that made that time so special. The majority of Wolman’s photography from the era is in black and white, as Rolling Stone didn’t have the ability to run color prints at the time.
Prior to working for Rolling Stone, Wolman began his photographic career while in the military in West Berlin, photographing experiences of life behind the Berlin Wall, which was new a the time. Feeling as though photography was his calling, he moved to the west coast of the United States, and fatefully met Jann Wenner, who would give him the opportunity of a lifetime with the premier music magazine, Rolling Stone.
Please, come learn more about Baron Wolman’s illustrious career at Thursday’s 7pm lecture. The location is in the Walter E Terhune Gallery at Owens Community College.
If you’re unable to attend the event on Thursday, do be sure to stop by the Walter E Terhune Art Gallery before this phenomenal exhibit closes on March 28. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 am – 4 pm—the gallery stays open Wednesdays and Thursdays until 7 pm for those of you who can’t quite break away during the workday! Click here for more information on the event.
What is your favorite Baron Wolman photograph? We’d love to know!
Cara Aley is a freelance writer who covers a wide variety of topics from photography and the arts to online reputation management for Reputation.com.