In the late 1980’s I started working with a gallery in Colorado. About a year later, they asked me to be in a group show with Henry Diltz and Baron Wolman. So, one day I flew out to Denver, was picked up by the owners of the gallery, and that day I met the two other photographers, giants in the industry. I couldn’t have been treated with more respect! For the first time, I felt like I belonged in that fraternity. The stories flew back and forth (not many from me), and over the course of the weekend we agreed to trade prints.
To this day, I have both Henry and Baron’s images hanging in my living room. Henry’s an outtake from the session for the first Crosby Stills and Nash cover, and Baron’s a very simple portrait of a young Miles Davis sitting in his living room.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone there is a story about a book being published of Baron’s work, including some of his classic work (he was the first staff photographer of Rolling Stone Magazine). His photographs show unlimited access and an eye for capturing a simple moment. He only worked with music for about three years, then went on to other things. I wonder what he would think of what we are going through today.
I have always said that the greatest subject that has ever appeared in front of my camera was Bruce Springsteen (and the E Street Band). A large part of that was due to the interaction between Bruce and Clarence Clemons. Clarence passed away this week. He will be remembered as a massive talent, and one of the most visual performers to ever walk a rock and roll stage. He will be missed.