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16x20 1967 Black & White Fine Art Print. "Janis Joplin With Bob Seidemann Poster At Home In The Haight-Ashbury" © Iconic Images-Baron Wolman 2017.
Baron Wolman lived within walking distance from Janis Joplin’s flat in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco and considered her one of his most beloved female musicians of the sixties. He visited Joplin multiple times to photograph her, recalling a particular session when he noticed new Janis Joplin posters decorating her bedroom. “Hey, Baron, dig it. I’m the first hippie pin-up girl!” she said. The posters featured a charming, semi-nude image of Janis made by his photographer friend, Bob Seidemann. He knew that Janis had both a light and a dark side to her, so he “urged the light side forward” when he photographed her. In this particular photo, his intention was to replicate her look in the pin-up poster, so he allowed her to appear more serious and somber. “I sure do miss Janis,” he said.
Baron Wolman is credited for paving a visual path as Rolling Stone Magazine’s first staff photographer during the height of the rock ‘n’ roll age. Decades later, his iconic images of legendary musicians are widely collected and exhibited around the world.