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January 26, 2015

30 Rare and Amazing Black and White Photographs of the 1969 Woodstock Festival Taken by Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman was Rolling Stone magazine's first photographer. In 1969 he was on the road photographing music festivals around the USA on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine when word started to trickle through about a major musical event happening in upstate New York. Joining the long traffic jams, Wolman made it to Woodstock, along with, ultimately, hundreds of thousands of other people.

Wolman was just two years working in the musical photography. He did it by far. He could capture the power of the live music of the different kinds of rock of the moment (phsicodelic rock, folk rock, blues rock, and hard rock) represented by Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Credence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, The Who and Neil Young, between others.

But Wolman went beyond it, he mimic between the attendances and thanks to this, he got amazing photos which gained a bucolic environment full of good vibrations and people who wanted to enjoy the good music. In that moment, the photographer find out that, the crowd had more power than the electric guitars. “I ended up spending most of my time out in the wild with the crowd because what was happening ‘out there’ was just too interesting not to explore”.

(Photographed by Baron Wolman, via Shooting Film)


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