‘We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden’
Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone’s first photographer, has just released a photo book of his photography from Woodstock. These photos, though, are not of the musicians, but of the people who went to the festival. Baron was much more fascinated with the crowd of people who showed up than he was the musicians. My favourite being one of a field of lounging cows with the festival happening in the distance. The authenticity of the photographs is wonderful. As a writer, I’m always trying to capture authenticity when interviewing and writing about someone, and I only imagine that’s even more difficult to do with a camera.
Of the photos, Baron said: “The thing to remember about the 60s, even near the end in ‘69, was that everything was totally different, the behavior was new and unexpected. Plus, the 1960s were simply wildly photogenic in every way imaginable … the changes that were taking place in the heads of the people were visually manifested. I mean, how could you not take pictures?”
Definitely an exhibition worth visiting, and it’s free.by