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Rowland William Scherman, American photographer. Recipient Grammy award, 1968; named Photographer of Year, Washington Art Directors, 1968.


Scherman, Rowland William was born on April 30, 1937 in New York City. Son of William H. and Alice Rowland Scherman.


He studied at Oberlin College, and was dark room apprentice at Life magazine.


Rowland Scherman is an American photographer. He was the first photographer for the newly formed Peace Corps in 1961. His photographs appeared in Life, Look, Time, National Geographic, Paris Match and Playboy, among many others, and he photographed many of the iconic musical, cultural, and political events of the 1960s, including the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, the Beatles first US concert, and Woodstock.

His published collections include "Love Letters", an alphabet formed by posed dancers, and "Elvis is Everywhere." He lived in Birmingham, Alabama, and documented Alabama's Highway 11. He now lives on Cape Cod. Rowland Scherman describes his day as the official photographer for USIA at the March on Washington, 1963.

In his book, Timeless--photography of Rowland Scherman, edited by Michael E. Jones and Christine Jones, published by Peter E Randall, 2014, Scherman shows and comments on some of his most famous pictures. A documentary movie was made about Rowland Scherman by Chris Szwedo, called "Eye on the Sixties". It has been shown on public television and at the Smithsonian.


  • He won a Grammy Award in 1968 for his photograph cover of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits.


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: computer imaging.


William H.

Alice Rowland Scherman