A Great Day In West Long Branch

From L to R: Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Barry Schneier, Danny Clinch, Frank Stefanko

From L to R: Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Barry Schneier, Danny Clinch, Frank Stefanko

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.

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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)

Danny Clinch and Barry Schneier

Danny Clinch and Barry Schneier

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.

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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.

Frank Stefanko, who shot the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album cover.

Frank Stefanko, who shot the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album cover.

Ed Gallucci, who captured Springsteen in is his earliest of days.

Ed Gallucci, who captured Springsteen in is his earliest of days.

Danny Clinch's ever present Leica.

Danny Clinch’s ever present Leica.

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.

Artist Frank Caruso

Artist Frank Caruso

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.

Me and Eric Meola

Me and Eric Meola



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

JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09 | 26 | 15

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Out here in the country, the corn is turning to brown. Local farms are carving out mazes, pumpkins are in the fields. Leaves are turning.

Wednesday was the official first day of Fall. I took my dogs out early in the morning, and saw my breath. Time waits for no one.

Two days earlier, one of the biggest projects of my corporate career was launched. This new website. It’s a pretty big deal in my company, and I had a wonderful team to work with. Now I get to manage it.

The project was a long time in development – nearly 24 months. At times, it felt like a death march. But now it’s out the door, just like that.

Like I said, time waits for no one.


This Week’s Links:

* Born on this date: Photographer Lewis Hine.

* Joe McNally on Two Approaches

* According to SCIENCE, this is the most iconic rock song.

* RIP Yogi Berra.

* These images by Bill Yates are fantastic.

* Unbecoming Dashiell Hammett.

* Good read here from author and ex-LAPD detective, Paul Bishop, on film noir.

* Outtakes.

* “To play it safe is not to play.” ~ Robert Altman

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Street Walkin’

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Spent some time in New York City last week. I was at a conference for a few days, just off Broadway.

No, I mean JUST off Broadway. The lights of the the street could be seen in my room. Good thing they had those big, thick, light-cancelling curtains up. I wish Mindy Kahling well and all, but I was tired of seeing her ad after three days.

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Anyway, while in The Big Apple, I had the chance to do some of my favorite shooting – street photography. It’s a strange beast, street photography. You’re looking for interesting light and patterns. You’re looking for interesting faces or situations.

Yes, you’re looking for HCB’s decisive moment to be sure.

You’re also looking to just document and stop time. What you’re seeing, shooting, won’t happen again. It’s your moment, and it won’t be redo.

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I got a few I liked. My favorite is probably the workman in the hard hat above. I like the face, the dangle of the cigarette, even the edge of the handbag in the frame. Totally shooting from the hip there, so I got a little lucky.

Kept most everything in B&W…except this one.

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I like this one for the colors. And for the juxtaposition between the laughing tourist and the solemn ad. I don’t like how the bar cut through the upper part of the frame.

There was one interesting aspect to this time doing street photography in New York. My 50D felt like a hand cannon out there. Felt like it was big and obtrusive (also my 24-105 was giving me lens creep, which was annoying at times.)

Anyway, I felt exposed. I may have to do something about this…

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(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JPS Visual Week In Review ~ 09 | 19 | 15

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The last Saturday of Summer.

Spent three days in New York City this past week for work. Mostly cooped up in a hotel for a conference but still go out some.

Ran to, and thru, Central Park one morning. Walked around Times Square at night a couple of times.

That city, and its people, never cease to amaze me. Saw a guy rollerblading with a Western-style kerchief up over his face, a cowboy hat and four rats on him (one on his hat, two on one shoulder, one of the other.)

The history of that city is what always gets me. You look around, see old buildings, or old advertisements, now faded, on old buildings and you wonder what they looked like fresh.

Works of art.

Hope you all made some art this week.


This Week’s Links:

* Listened to this this week: Shawn Colvin doing Springsteen’s Tougher Than The Rest

* What I Read This Week.

* Photographer baseball cards.

* Connections At Work Matter.

* Mark Peterson: Up Close and Personal

* “Every translation is a case of negotiation.” — Umberto Eco

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015


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