an Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen
Frank Stefanko is a fine art photographer, who crossed paths with Bruce Springsteen thanks to an introduction by a mutual friend, musician Patti Smith. His work graces the album covers of Bruce’s Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River as well as the cover of Southside Johnny’s Hearts of Stone album. Frank’s photographs also appear on Bruce Springsteen’s albums, Live 75/85, Greatest Hits, Tracks, and The Essential Bruce Springsteen.
Mr. Stefanko is the author of the books Days of Hopes and Dreams/an Intimate Portrait of Bruce
Springsteen published by Billboard Book’s division of Watson-Guptill, and Patti Smith, American Artist, published by Insight Editions. His photographs also appear in Bruce Springsteen’s book Songs, Patti Smith’s book Complete, and Dave Marsh’s book Born to Run.
Frank’s archive of several thousand Springsteen photos had never been published. However, Days of Hope and Dreams now presents an unforgettable selection of Stefanko’s most significant and most personal images from his time working with Bruce, and Stefanko’s recollections offer behind-the-scenes stories of his work and friendship with this legendary musical talent. Featuring a fascinating introduction written by Bruce himself, this is a must-have guide for Springsteen fans and music lovers everywhere!
Publication: October 2006
Photographer Eric Meola was chosen thirty years ago to do a photo shoot for the iconic rock n’ roll
album Born to Run. This magnificent book recreates the photography session for Bruce Springsteen’s epic album and contains all of Bruce’s lyrics, as well as an introduction by distinguished popular music writer Daniel Wolff.
In this book, Eric Meola shares the photographic alternates and outtakes, most for the very first time, in stunning black-and-white quadratones, more than thirty years after the album’s release. In addition to the many never-before–seen photographs, the book includes all of the lyrics from this iconic American album.
The Limited Edition features: 1,350 numbered copies, clamshell box, and signed photograph.
Publication: October 2012
ERIC MEOLA first saw Bruce Springsteen perform at Max’s Kansas City in New York in 1973, and began photographing him the following year, just before the release of the breakthrough album, Born to Run, for which Meola shot one of the most iconic cover images in the history of rock photography. Meola continued photographing Springsteen during 1977-79, and he captured images of Springsteen behind-the-scenes—getting his Corvette stuck in the mud, riding his motorcycle, getting a ticket from a New Jersey trooper, and driving a convertible across the
As the music for Springsteen’s fourth album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was recorded, and as his fans waited for what proved to be a more somber album than the one that preceded it, Meola photographed him in his Manhattan photo studio and at the farmhouse Springsteen had rented in Holmdel, New Jersey. Many of the images in this book have never been seen before, and show a young Springsteen soon after appearing on the covers of Time and Newsweek, searching for who he was and who he would become.