Springsteen Photographer Chronicles 32 Years of the Boss
What was the process of putting together Bruce Springsteen in Focus 1980-2012 like?
It wasn't as difficult as what other people go through with creating a book. The main reason is that through the years, I've kept a loose-leaf binder where I'd make notes. With the pictures, there's certain things that happened at shows where I knew that was the shot. One of the more famous photos I've done of Bruce was in 1985. He's wearing a baseball hat on backwards facing the camera at Giants Stadium. Nobody was in my section. Bruce ran down to the side of the stage where I was and turned and gave that smile, and I knew that was the shot. I went, "Woo-hoo!"
There were some that we couldn't fit in. At some of the book presentations, we do a slide show of some of the pictures that we couldn't include.
Have you been surprised at the reception the book has had?
I was definitely surprised and overwhelmed at the official book launch at the Stone Pony. I wondered if anyone was going to come to this, and then I thought I'll probably sell a couple of books, see some friends I haven't seen in a long time. However, it was four hours nonstop, 725 books! It makes me speechless and boggles my mind. I never thought that was going to happen. We'd planned on the book before the Wrecking Ball, but I think Bruce is as big now as he was during the Born in the U.S.A. years. I mean he's everywhere, magazines, TV.
There's been so many other books, but I think this book is different as it spans so many years, and I'm the only photographer as opposed to there being several photographers. That's pretty unique.
He's on fire at the moment; be prepared to have your socks blown off. He's always good in Florida!
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Tuesday, April 29, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost $63 to $141.75. Visit thebbtcenter.com.