American photographer Frank Stefanko has spent over four decades working closely with musician Bruce Springsteen. He namely shot the iconic covers for Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River albums as well as the cover shot for Springsteen's best-selling Born To Run autobiography and accompanying album Chapter And Verse.
A new book entitled Bruce Springsteen, Further up the road is packed full of unseen photos and features, with image captions and text by Stefanko and forewords by fellow Springsteen photographers Eric Meola, who shot the Born To Run and The Promise album covers, and Danny Clinch, who shot the Devils & Dust, The Rising, The Seeger Sessions, and Working on a Dream album covers. It also features a personal introduction text by Bruce Springsteen himself.
The publication, who is composed of 400 images, also features a never before published shoot with Springsteen from 2004, at his residence in Colts Neck, NJ and to round things up, in April 2017, Bruce Springsteen granted Frank Stefanko a brand new, exclusive shoot at his studio in Colts Neck, NJ, specifically for inclusion in this books. “Frank’s photographs were stark,” wrote Bruce Springsteen. “His talent was he managed to strip away your celebrity, your artifice, and get to the raw you. His photos had a purity and a street poetry to them. They were lovely and true, but they weren’t slick. Frank looked for your true grit and he naturally intuited the conflicts I was coming to terms with. His pictures captured the people I was writing about in my songs and showed me the part of me that was still one of them. We had other cover options but they didn’t have the hungriness of Frank’s pictures.”
Bruce Springsteen, Further up the road
Published by Wall of Sound Editions
Deluxe edition (copies 1-350, housed in special box): 580€
Collector edition (copies 351-1978, housed in a slipcase box): 350€