Baron Wolman grew up in Columbus, Ohio, studied philosophy at Northwestern University in Chicago, learned German at the Defense Language School in Monterey, California, then did a tour with Army military intelligence in West Berlin.
In Berlin, Wolman sold his first photo essay – pictures and text – 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. For three years his photographs were published regularly in Rolling Stone and became the magazine’s graphic centerpiece. Over forty years later, those same photographs, picture memories of the 60’s, are now widely exhibited and collected.
In 1970, Wolman left the Stone to start his own magazine, Rags, the “Rolling Stone of fashion.” The creative and irreverent monthly featured styles of the times and was an acknowledged journalistic success. Unfortunately, Rags did not survive the recession and publication ceased after only 13 issues.
When he was suddenly bitten by the flying bug in the mid-seventies Wolman bought a single-engine Cessna, learned to fly and began doing aerial photography. 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” were published annually in his popular “from the air” scenic calendars.
In August 2001, Baron moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico — to savor its tasty chili-infused cuisine, to marvel at its relentlessly beautiful sunsets, and to revel in the ambiance of its delightfully eccentric, multi-cultural artistic community.
2011 saw the publication of his book, “Baron Wolman – The Rolling Stone Years,” and subsequently “Woodstock,” “Groupies,” “My Generation,” and “Jimi Hendrix.” Baron and his photographs are still in great demand, with exhibits and personal appearances scheduled in cities and countries around the globe.
His long-time mantra, “Mixing Business With Pleasure Since 1965,” continues to be his guiding light.