The Born To Run Contact Sheet by Eric Meola
Here’s some really exciting news of a beautiful limited edition piece that we are launching with Eric Meola. Many people will be familiar with Eric’s portrait of Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons taken on June 20, 1975. I’m talking, of course, about the classic Born To Run cover photograph.
When Columbia Records art director John Berg was asked to show his lifetime body of work at the prestigious Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, Eric made a contact sheet for him, which shows 31 frames from among two of the nineteen rolls he shot on that June day.
Incredible isn’t it ?
The great news is that this beautiful contact sheet is now available to buy as a limited edition for you to frame and hang on your wall.
Contact sheets like this just don’t work in small sizes, because the individual images need to be a certain size before you can appreciate the detail. As a result this limited edition is only available in two large physical sizes – which for the sake of convenience let’s call ‘big’ and ‘bigger’. The smaller of the two (‘big’) has an image area measuring a very generous 20 x 25 inches (51 x 64 cm), in an edition of 25 in this size, while the larger version (‘bigger’) has an image area measuring a huge 36 x 45 inches (91 x 114 cm) in an edition of 15.
To give you some perspective on the scale of the bigger version, each individual frame measures 4 x 6 inches.
Usually Eric offers his images in a maximum total edition of 30, spread over different sizes. This piece has a maximum of 40 (25 big, 15 bigger) examples, and because this is more than the norm, the entry level price is being kept much keener than equivalent pieces in the same physical sizes.
There are some nice points of detail to draw to your attention:
- Many of these frames are not in either of Eric’s Born To Run books and have never been offered as individual prints.
- You get to see individual frame numbers and entire uncropped images
- Top row, second in from the left, portrait rather than landscape orientation, is a stunning but little known shot of Bruce and Clarence
- Check out frame 12A, third row, second in from the left. Look familiar ? You can see why this is the money shot.
We are taking orders now. This link takes you to the price and size info for an unframed photograph.
If you are in the UK and would like us to organise framing, get in touch with us separately at the gallery, as frames can’t be ordered online. As a guide, overall framed size work out as approximately 32 x 35 inches for the smaller version and approximately 48 x 55 inches for the large size.
I hope you love this beautiful piece and can make room for it in your life, be it at home, in your office, or both.