UNIBA Polo Universitario di Taranto
via Duomo 258 – TARANTO, TA
BARON WOLMAN with Ernesto Assante
Baron Wolman grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and studied philosophy at Northwestern University in Chicago, and German at the Defense Language School in Monterey, California, before following the military intelligence of the US army in West Berlin. In Berlin, Wolman produced his first photographic work, consisting of images and text, for a publication, a story about life behind the then new Berlin Wall. From Germany he moved to California to continue his career as a photojournalist. In 1967, a chance encounter with Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone, planted the spark that made Wolman become the first chief photographer of the magazine. For three years his photographs were regularly published in Rolling Stone and became the graphic features of the magazine. More than forty years later, those same photographs, memories of images from the 1960s, are widely exhibited and collected. In 1970, Wolman left Rolling Stone to start his magazine, Rags, the “Rolling Stone of Fashion”. The creative and irreverent monthly was a recognized journalistic success. Unfortunately, Rags did not survive the economic crisis and came to an end after only 13 issues. Thunderstruck in the mid-1950s, Wolman bought a single-engine Cessna, learned to fly and began taking aerial photographs. Collections of his aerial landscapes have appeared in two successful books, “California From the Air: The Golden Coast” and “The Holy Land: Israel From The Air”. For many years his colorful “airscapes” have been published every year on scenic calendars. In August 2001, Baron moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to enjoy his tasty chili cuisine, to admire his unforgettably beautiful sunsets and to enjoy the atmosphere of his delicious, eccentric multicultural art community. 2011 saw the publication of his book, “Baron Wolman – The Rolling Stone Years”, followed by “Woodstock”, “Groupies”, “My Generation” and “Jimi Hendrix”. Wolman’s photographs have been shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world. His longstanding mantra, “Mixing Business With Pleasure Since 1965”, continues to be his source of inspiration.