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Legendary music photographer Baron Wolman dead at 83

Baron Wolman
(Image credit: Iconic Images)

Baron Wolman, one of the pioneers of rock ’n’ roll photography has died.

Wolman died peacefully, at the age of 83, on November 2, after a battle with ALS.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, on June 25, 1937, Wolman studied philosophy at Northwestern University in Chicago, learned German at the Defense Language School in Monterey, California, then did a tour with the US Army military intelligence in West Berlin. While stationed in  Germany, Wolman sold his first photo essay for publication, a story about life behind the then-new Berlin Wall. From Germany he moved to California to continue his career as a photo-journalist.

In 1967, a fortuitous meeting with Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone, resulted in Wolman becoming that publication's first chief photographer.  Though he may have been in the right place at the right time to get his big break, his photographs were integral to the magazine’s early success, and he was recognised as a photographer whose images were synonymous with the era.

Wolman published a number of books collating his work, including Baron Wolman – The Rolling Stone Years, Woodstock, Groupies, My Generation and Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

(Image credit: Baron Wolman / Iconic Images)

Mick Jagger

(Image credit: Baron Wolman / Iconic Images)

Angus

(Image credit: Baron Wolman / Iconic Images)

Daltrey

(Image credit: Baron Wolman / Iconic Images)

J Cash

(Image credit: Baron Wolman / Iconic Images)

Miles

(Image credit: Baron Wolman / Iconic Images)

Baron Wolman collects the VIP award during Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards at The Roundhouse on November 9, 2011

Baron Wolman collects the VIP Award during Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards at The Roundhouse on November 9, 2011 (Image credit: Kevin Nixon)

All at Louder send our condolences to his family. Donations in Wolman’s name can be made to the ALS Association.

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