New to the Nikon USA website is their thoroughly enjoyable interview with Baron Wolman. Baron met Jann Wenner in 1967 and became Rolling Stone's first contributing photographer. There's a gallery of 17 images, including classic Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia, as well as a couple of his stunning aerial photos. 

This shot of Joplin would appear to be a live gig, and was actually taken in Baron's studio during what he came to refer to as his 'concert for one'. "And that's the way it was in the late '60s in San Francisco. You needed photos of Janis Joplin, you called her up and she came over." Read more!

Janis Joplin © Baron Wolman

prince-putland.jpgIn more Dave Brolan-related news, his exhibition of Gibson Guitar-playing superstars, already shown in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Berlin and London, has traveled all the way to Sydney, Australia (now through October 7th '09 at Blender Gallery) with its next stop being Tokyo.

Gibson Through The Lens features some of the world's most respected and prolific rock photographers such as Michael Putland, Jim Marshall, Neal Preston, Mick Rock, Bob Gruen, Baron Wolman and Robert Knight, to name a few.

Prince © Michael Putland

feinstein-dylan.jpgYou now have extra time to go and see Barry Feinstein's display at the National Portrait Gallery in London, running through November 29th, 2009. Feinstein spent 24 hours a day with Dylan on his 1966 tour and you can see a fine edit of those results and pick up a copy of Feinstein's new book 'Real Moments'. Brilliant curation nod goes to Dave Brolan.

Bob Dylan, 1966 © Barry Feinstein


Charles Britt, photographer and master scanner to the Karsh Estate, has recently digitized more Fidel Castro prints. Here's the story of Karsh's shoot with the Cuban leader.

"I arrived in Havana on the twenty-sixth of July, Cuba's national holiday, in time to hear this charismatic speaker address thousands of people in a rousing endorsement of the benefits of the Revolution. It was, for Castro, a short speech-two-and-a-half hours instead of his customary six. For the next three days, my companion and tour guide was Celia Sanchez, Cuba's wiry, energetic Secretary of State. From the three sites Ms. Sanchez offered for photography, I chose a simple ceremonial room, its stark walls and bookshelves suggesting a barracks, which turned out to be Castro's favorite office.

Not until an anxiety-filled hour before my scheduled departure did the Foreign Office confirm that Castro was ready. Dressed in army fatigues, looking grave and tired, Castro shook my hand warmly. Apologizing for the delay, he removed his belt and pistol and placed them beside him with a weary gesture. Our photographic session lasted three-and-a-half hours, punctuated by refreshments of Cuban rum and Coke and shared memories of the famous author and beloved former Cuban resident, Ernest Hemingway."

Fidel Castro, 1971 © Yousuf Karsh

Okeeffe-Georgia-01.jpgAny excuse to publish this portrait: 'Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction' is on at the Whitney Museum here in NYC from September 17, 2009 to January 17, 2010.

Georgia O'Keeffe, 1956 © Yousuf Karsh

King-ML.jpgDreamworks acquired the rights to produce a film on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King in 2009. Karsh photographed him in 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia, saying "No man in America personified better than Martin Luther King the dedication of his people to their inalienable rights."

Martin Luther King, 1962 © Yousuf Karsh


The framed prints that got left behind in Herman Leonard's New Orleans studio during Hurricane Katrina are really moving when you see the effects of the water on the image. Herman is releasing a series of prints of Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughan, with a donation from each sale going to the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. Visit Herman's website for more on this and lots of other news.

In June 2009 Vanity Fair published Karsh's portrait of Bernard Madoff. Prints belonging to Madoff's secretary are being auctioned online at Artnet.

Bernard Madoff, 1988 © Yousuf Karsh


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his cross-country road trip The Metropolitan Museum in New York will feature all 83 photographs published in Robert Frank's 'The Americans', the first time the body of work will be exhibited in New York. From September 22nd 2009 to January 3rd 2010.


ClampArt is showing Amy Stein's 'Domesticated' from September 10th to October 31st 2009 at their 25th Street gallery in Chelsea, NY. As usual for Clamp, the opening was packed.

Trasheaters, 2007 © Amy Stein

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