Friday, January 23, 2015

Baron Wolman's Unseen Black and White Photographs of the 1969 Woodstock Festival

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.
"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." Baron Wolman recalled. "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?"
Woodstock is not only one of the most famous music festivals of all time, it was also one of the defining moments of the 1960s counter-culture movement. What started as a free event advertised for 50,000, quickly turned into one of the most important music festival in history, attended by over half a million people, united in a message of peace, love, openness and cultural expression.

(Photographs © Baron Wolman, via Feature Shoot)

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