Frank Stefanko has been documenting Bruce Springsteen, photographically, off and on, for forty years.
He looks back to where the journey started recalls: “I am reminded of the day my phone rang and a gravelly voice on the other end said, ‘Hey Frankie, this is BRUCE. Let’s get together and make some photos.’
It was early 1978, and we were about to embark on several sessions for the album, Darkness on the Edge of Town. What I didn’t realize , at the time, was that our working relationship , and our friendship, would last for decades to come. Back when I first heard Bruce’s music in the early 70’s, I had a strong feeling that he would be famous. I had no conception, however, as to what a monumental icon he would become , or to the exalted heights he would ascend.
As we started to talk, I learned that our backgrounds were similar. In fact, Bruce could have been my brother. Both of us raised in New Jersey by working-class parents, we both had Italian mothers and non-Italian fathers. we liked the Jersey shore, cars, and Rock and Roll.”