MADRIDFOTO

 

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!

Richard Brautigan

Richard Brautigan, San Francisco, 1968

‘Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan’ is out now at a retailer near you. Baron photographed Brautigan in 1968 and  in ‘The Rolling Stone Years‘ book Baron talks about how he “turned him (Jann Wenner) on to a poet named Richard Brautigan. “Jann, he’s writing this terrific poetry, kind of a hippie poet in a way but not really and I’ve got these great pictures of him.” Eventually Brautigan produced a poem in each issue; for a while he became the Rolling Stone poet laureate.”

Levon Helm

Levon Helm and Rick Danko, The Band, Winterland, San Francisco, 1969 © Baron Wolman

The death of Levon Helm was a sad loss; cancer has taken too many luminaries this year.

In The Rolling Stone Years book, Baron talks about photographing at Winterland in 1969:

“When I photographed The Band in performance on Winterland’s big stage it was virtually impossible to get the entire group into a single frame. I tried from a variety of angles but somehow the five of them were never arranged in such a way that I could fit them all into a good photo at one time. At the larger venues live photography presented considerable challenges, much different from shooting at the smaller clubs.”

The Allman Brothers Are Born

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L to R: Berry Oakley, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe Johanson, Gregg Allman, Phil Walden

Baron recently received a phone call from a picture editor asking about his 1969 panoramic photograph of the Allman Brothers in a Macon, Georgia, recording studio. In March of that year while on assignment for Rolling Stone, Baron had indeed photographed the band during its first week of rehearsals together as the six piece group that manager/promoter Phil Walden helped launch. But Baron didn’t even have a panoramic camera at the time. It turned out that Phil Walden had created his own ‘panoramic’ by framing together the two prints Baron had given him. In March 2012, more than forty years later, this rendition of the Allman Brothers panoramic photo was created, a very limited edition, historically significant, print which you now have the opportunity to own.

Editions are available as follows:
24×16 inches, edition of 75
44×24 inches, edition of 15

Click here to inquire.

Big Mama Thornton

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, San Francisco, 1968

“Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton sang at the Newport Folk Festival, one of our stops on our 1969 Festival tour. Janis (Joplin) always gave credit to Big Mama, explained how she had been hugely inspired by her, that she listened a lot to Big Mama’s music. Big Mama’s song ‘Ball And Chain’ became a Janis classic.”

Incidentally, Big Mama was also the first to make a hit of “Hound Dog.”

Lacy

Lacy, San Francisco, 1968

For Rolling Stone’s ‘Groupies’ issue Baron had the hard task of photographing some gorgeous girls. “…we all sat around smoking and Lacy was toking this perfectly rolled joint while I took her picture. For another shot I arranged all the current issues of Rolling Stone in front of her. This was early 1968 and I don’t know how many subscribers we had – there were more newsstand sales than subscribers – but this portrait of Lacy became the picture we sent as a Christmas card thanking them all for subscribing to Rolling Stone.”

Joan Baez

Joan Baez, Big Sur Folk Festival, Esalen, Big Sur, CA, 1969

Joan Baez joined the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City before their encampment was shut down by Mayor Bloomberg a couple of weeks ago. Baez and many of her peers gave us some of our most enduring protest songs, making their presence felt in global counter-culture since the 60s. Decades later there is no excuse for the disparity between the haves and the have-nots in this land of ours, and for this imbalance we cannot give thanks. This thanksgiving let us, however, show our appreciation for all compassionate and generous contributions to our collective conscience and to today’s protesters for keeping up the good work of Baez and company.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fotobaron team.

Gibson Through The Lens

Jimi Hendrix, San Francisco, 1968 © Baron Wolman

“London’s 02 Arena will play host to a new photography exhibition featuring rare images of some of the world’s most famous musicians who are renowned for their skills on the acoustic guitar and the electric guitar.

‘Gibson Through The Lens’, is a world-class photographic exhibition comprising sixty vintage and rare photographs. This unique exhibit will be open to the public at The British Music Experience in London’s O2 Arena from Monday 7 November 2011 through to 31 January 2012.

During the exhibition period, The British Music Experience will host exclusive masterclasses with some of the participating Gibson Through The Lens photographers. The first will be Baron Wolman on Thursday November 10th, to mark the exhibition’s official launch. Baron is famed for his Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger photographs and will be signing copies of his new book, The Rolling Stone Years published by Omnibus Press.” – Music Radar

The exhibition is open to the public at The British Music Experience in London’s O2 Arena from Monday 7 November 2011 through to 31 January 2012.