Baron's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    San Jose Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Santa Fe, NM

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

BARON WOLMAN

Photographer
Rolling Stone Magazine

“I look back and I realize that having this opportunity at Rolling Stone was a gift from the Gods. I found I could talk with my camera better than I could talk with my mouth.”

INTERESTS:

Art

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Courage Dedication Determination Exploration Fear Goals Hobbies & Pastimes Instincts Passion Success

FOUNDATION:

Communicating / Sharing Stories

TAGS:

action, army, assumptions, attitude, Berlin, Berlin wall, commitment, communication, counterspy, draft, future, jimi hendrix, military, mindset, obsession, optimism, parents, speaking, spy, war

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Considers his career somewhat of a “gift from the gods.”
  • Was the first principal photographer at Rolling Stone.
  • Photography was always a hobby—he liked “being where the action was,” but wasn’t very social; “spoke” with his camera instead.
  • Had no idea what he wanted to do after college; ended up going to “spy school,” was sent to Berlin to collect intelligence.
  • Brought his camera, took pictures as the Berlin Wall was going up, sent them to a newspaper back home.
  • After he was paid for his photos of Berlin, he realized that if he worked at it, his hobby could become his career.
  • His father told him he’d support his photography only if he gave it “100%, did it all the way.”
  • Says, “if you are optimistic and assume you’re going to be successful, it’s a self-fulfilling prophesy.”

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