Photo show opens at Rock Hall

An exhibition featuring the work of photographer Baron Wolman opens Sunday at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Wolman was Rolling Stone magazine’s first chief photographer, and his work in the late 1960s includes images of Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, Pete Townshend and other music icons.

According to Rock Hall CEO and President Greg Harris, “Wolman documented the era and defined it in images for generations of music fans. Wolman’s iconic photographs are a window into a very important time in our country’s social history. His Rolling Stone covers made icons out of the musicians showcased on them.”

Wolman’s unique access to his subjects, combined with his keen eye, gave his photographs an up-close-and-personal quality that was rare and unprecedented.

“The chance to be a part of the first days of Rolling Stone came out of the blue,” Wolman said. “It released the latent creative forces as a photographer I didn’t know I had, and working with the magazine came to define my career. I loved the music and the musicians and always tried to honor them and respectfully show them in the best possible light. The majority of my photographic output is music-related, although my curiosity about life led me onto many other subjects.”

In addition to Wolman’s dynamic performance shots and intimate portraits of numerous Rock Hall Inductees and other musical luminaries, “Iconic: Baron Wolman Images of an Era” also will have one of his primary Nikon cameras on display.


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