April 06, 2013 thru August 18, 2013
On Assignment: Woodstock
Photographs by Rolling Stone Photographer Baron Wolman
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - Sunday, August 18, 2013
Open during regular museum hours
Included in regular museum admission; $5.00 for Special Exhibit ONLY
In 1967, when Jann Wenner published the first issue of Rolling Stone, the music media was dominated by trade journals such as Billboard. Local underground newspapers were sprouting up in major cities, but the idea behind Rolling Stone was a music paper for the broader, national listening public.
Baron Wolman was Rolling Stone’s first staff photographer—a position he held for three years—and his work set the visual tone of the magazine well past his tenure there. He had moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles with his wife, Juliana, and they lived in the Haight-Ashbury. “I was…earning a living as a photojournalist,” he writes, “working for anybody who would pay me to take pictures—magazines, newspapers, ad agencies, universities, anyone…and then Rolling Stone came into my life.”
In his time at Rolling Stone, Wolman was given nearly unlimited access to his subjects—a rarity in today’s world of tightly controlled public images. He consistently relied on putting his subjects at ease and establishing a rapport, and that came through in his simple, photojournalistic portraits. He didn’t hang out with the rock stars and developed few deep friendships with them; he just didn’t want to impose on them.
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was photographed by scores of professional photographers and photojournalists, but only Baron Wolman’s images of the festival told the story in Rolling Stone magazine immediately following the event. Wolman’s photos focus on the attendees and behind-the-scenes action rather than the performers on the stage. “I spent more time photographing the festival ‘experience’ than I did the musicians," Wolman writes. “I had shot most of the bands before so I thought why would I want to photograph them again? I didn’t need any more band pictures. But all those people…that was something else. I had never seen anything like this before in my life.” His iconic images helped to create the long-lasting, idealized myth of the festival.
In 2012, Baron Wolman agreed to donate a selection of his Woodstock festival images to the museum’s permanent collection. One hundred of the best of those photographs were selected, and The Museum is proud to share them with the public in its Spring 2013 special exhibition, On Assignment: Woodstock, opening Saturday, April 6 and running through August 18. Baron Wolman will be at The Museum on April 6 to give a talk about his years at Rolling Stone, to sign his books, and to meet museum visitors.
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