A Great Day In West Long Branch
Kinda strange, odd, weird, fun where life takes you sometimes.
If you would have told me about 14, 15 months ago, I’d be photographing five of the biggest Springsteen photographic historians, I would have said “What? How? Who?”
And yet, this past Sunday, I did just that.
Life can be crazy cool.
There’s a new photo exhibit at Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, NJ, titled: Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. It’s a traveling photography exhibition curated by the GRAMMY Museum Los Angeles. According to the press release…It features 45 iconic images of Bruce Springsteen. The exhibit serves to document a great American music legend, and will feature photos taken by noted Springsteen photographers Barry Schneier, Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen and Frank Stefanko. Additionally, the exhibit features video interviews with each of the photographers, produced by the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.
Currently, the exhibit is at Monmouth U’s Rechnitz Hall DiMattio Gallery. (Not for nothing, the main building at Monmouth U was the “home” to Daddy Warbucks in the film version of Annie)
Of course, I wanted to check this out. I expected to just see the exhibit, maybe shoot a photo or two. Then Kevin Farrell, a charter member of the Friends Of Bruce Springsteen Collection, said “Hey, you’re covering this for Backstreets.com right? I’ll write it up, you do the photos…”
I was in like flynn.
So, I started shooting, recording the event with my camera. The exhibit downstairs, the Q&A session with the photographers upstairs. Saw it all in B&W – like many of the Springsteen photos in the exhibit – so I kept it that way in post.
For me, it was great to listen to the Q&A with the photographers, and to “talk shop” with each of them a bit. All super nice, all great to chat with, be it about Springsteen, or their current work (check out Eric Meola’s storm-stalking photos here.)
It was also cool to chat with some other creatives, like Frank Caruso. Frank is an artist and VP with King Features. However, his most recent book was a collaboration with Bruce himself – a children’s book called Outlaw Pete.
Of course, I was fanboying a lot. Had to get a shot Eric….and get some portraits and books I had signed by the guests of honor.
Needless to say, it was a great reception and opening. I’m still amazed where this little electronic box takes me sometimes…
*BTW…The title of this post is an homage to the Art Kane’s famous photograph, A Great Day In Harlem
(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015
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