Icon Photographer Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman grew up in Columbus, Ohio, studied philosophy at Northwestern University in Chicago, learned German at the Defense Language School in Monterey, California, and then did a tour with military intelligence in West Berlin. He moved to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in 1967 with aspirations to be a freelance photojournalist.

A fortuitous meeting with 21-year-old Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone magazine, resulted in Baron becoming that publication’s first chief photographer—a position that offered him the opportunity to shoot the biggest names in rock ’n’ roll. His photographs became the magazine’s graphic centerpiece and—from 1967 through the early ’70s—appeared in virtually every issue.

Baron saw the music. He was on stage with Jimi Hendrix, backstage with the Rolling Stones, in front of the stage with Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. Wenner wrote: “Baron was one of the unsung heroes of the early days of Rolling Stone. As the magazine’s first photographer, he helped set its visual style and paved the way for those who followed him.”

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