Setting up before the rain, Friday June 23rd, Brooklyn. Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo
Photoville opened this past, steamy weekend in Brooklyn, NY. The festival features some 30 shipping containers showing mini-exhibitions curated by some great people and organizations, with photographs hung using various creative methods. The other rather wonderful element is the quality of talks and presentations being hosted. I will be one of the talkers this coming weekend, on June 30th, where I am thrilled to be hosted by Rock Paper Photo with my long-term colleague and dear friend, consultant and curator Julie Grahame, and shorter-term pal, the young and lovely music photographer Anna Webber. Join us at 1.30 pm for “Beyond the Picture: The Art of Selling Music Photography” What does it take for music and entertainment photographers to successfully market and sell their work?
Photoville and all the talks are FREE so come on over to Brooklyn Bridge Park. We’ll see you on Saturday!
“Blinded By The Light” Rock Paper Photo’s container, packed with great music photography.
John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Oakland Coliseum Arena, CA, 1970
Always lovely to see the original Rolling Stone Magazine photographs reproduced in current issues. This week Rolling Stone, Spain, published a long retro piece, talking about Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Pete Townshend, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Mick Jagger, in conjunction with Baron’s appearances in the country this month.
Baron filed his final update from Spain. I asked if the hotel was paying him to speak so highly of them, Baron said “absolutely not” and added that he would be happy to partake again of their hospitality whenever they ask!
“I arrived at the St. Regis Mardavall Resort weakened and nursing a bad case of stomach flu; I could not have chosen a better place in which to recuperate. My room itself was an oasis of peace and tranquility, from the bed to the furnishings to the view. There is something to be said for luxury properties – higher rates result in noticeable quality everywhere. The construction and its materials, exterior and interior, are all superb, no little detail is overlooked. If my own five star hotel (as I call my home) were only so wonderful. I don’t often frequent international resort hotels; I am still learning to relax. But if this is an example of how to unwind, it’s clear I’ve been missing something. For the most part, the staff at the Mardavall is multi-lingual; no worry that a guest’s request will be misunderstood. How can it be that everybody here seems to be so happy and welcoming, enjoying their opportunity to be of service? Service has long seemed to be a dying art, much less service with a smile.
I was a guest of the hotel for the opening of an improbable but unique rock & roll photo show in which some of my work was displayed. The thinking was that the guests of the Mardavall who can now afford a rather lavish vacation are also those for whom rock music was a part of their younger lives. These folks might well respond emotionally to such a terrific collection of quality and often historically important music images, and, in fact, might also want to bring one home with them as an unexpected memento of their 2012 holiday on Mallorca. Thanks to Mark Robinow for making it all happen.”
All images © Baron Wolman
Here’s the latest report from the Spanish leg of the Cosmic World Book Tour. Baron is in Ibiza where he gave his audio-visual presentation that includes tales of photographing Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones et al. Next stop: Mallorca for Mark Robinow‘s exhibit, “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop a-lop-bam-boom, Six Decades of Rock ‘n’ Roll” at the St. Regis Mardavall where Baron will also be selling prints and signing books.
“My hosts here in Ibiza were Andy McKay and Dawn Hindle, two of the originals behind the former legendary Ibiza night club Manumission, where on any given night 10,000 partygoers gathered for an evening of music, theatre and revelry. Now Andy and Dawn are the driving force behind ‘Ibiza Rocks‘ a creative conglomeration of music venues, hotels and restaurants. A year ago they took over management of Pike’s, the once-celebrated hotel which had hosted celebrities from Tony Curtis to Freddie Mercury. Pike’s had fallen on rough times but Andy and Dawn brought their expertise to the property and once again it is a popular destination. The brand ‘Ibiza Rocks’ and its guitar pick logo is seen and recognized throughout the island, and the music continues in the courtyards of the ‘Rocks’ hotels in both Ibiza and Mallorca.
A Wednesday night concert at Ibiza Rocks hotel in San Antonio
A trip to the loo: inside the men’s room at the Ibiza Rocks Diner
As the Spanish leg of the Cosmic World Book Tour continues, Baron has been out raving.
“The audio visual presentation at Ibiza Rocks House at Pike’s was delightfully successful. Most people had no idea what the images were going to be about or what stories I would tell. Afterwards a bunch of us went to Pacha’s, one of the better clubs in the remarkable Ibiza club scene. Appropriately enough, it was ‘Flower Power Night,’ with party-goers dressed in sixties garb accompanied by music from those memorable days. I could have danced all night…but I didn’t…
My only question now: what took me so long to ‘discover’ Ibiza…???”
Here’s an update from Baron from Madrid Foto: “It is an interesting collection of images on exhibit at Madrid Foto, a few of which I found fascinating, as did the woman in blue who was viewing the large picture of the opera house. I had an interview with another major Madrid newspaper – there are still several published here – and watch attentively as Daniel Miller (next to the pole) negotiated a print sale.”
“Of course, I fell in love with the ticket taker but naturally was rebuffed. Too often these days I am reminded of my age and the many liabilities that come with these high numbers.”
Baron is reporting from Spain:
“Thanks to the Herculean efforts of LA gallery owner, Dan Miller, we found ourselves within the hallowed grounds of the US Embassy in Madrid. What a delightful evening! And what a delightful couple – the US Ambassador to Spain, Alan Solomont and his wife Susan were the perfect hosts, and not only that, they love rock ‘n’ roll music (Susan is an admitted Dead Head!) and are serious collectors of fine photography. I gave a shortened version of my “soon-to-be-famous*” illustrated talk, presented a copy of The Rolling Stone Years to the Solomonts, and proceeded to scarf down the most delicious tapas imaginable from the Embassy kitchen. It was a very receptive audience that attended the evening soirée, including many Americans for whom the photos brought back memories of the halcyon days of the sixties. Three attendees were even actually at Woodstock! My love affair with Madrid continues…”
Ray Bradbury, 1980 © Baron Wolman
RIP Mr. Bradbury.
A slightly jet-lagged Baron sent in this report from Day 1 of the Cosmic World Book Tour, Spanish leg.
“Really loving the view from the balcony of my room. Had coffee with a Jamón ibérico & cheese sandwich down there. Weather and people watching are both wonderful.” Baron was interviewed by El Pais today -we’ll update as soon as it’s online.
Baron is looking forward to presenting at MADRIDFOTO 4 International Contemporary Photography Fair, Matadero Madrid, June 7 – 10th, 2012.
Baron’s photographs will be with the Duncan Miller Gallery in an exhibition of photographs of American musicians and other icons.
Baron will also be signing books and will be giving his now-famous audio-visual presentation for the United States Ambassador to Spain – as you can see, a VIA – very important audience! Nos vemos en España!