Four Decades of an American Rock Icon
Morrison Hotel Gallery
Inside The Sunset Marquis Hotel, West Hollywood
Featuring Never Before Seen Images from Frank Stefanko’s Book,
Springsteen: Further Up The Road
With his ripped jeans and gritty, working-class perspective of the American dream, Bruce Springsteen has loomed large in the rock-and-roll songbook for over four decades. As Springsteen wowed audiences around the world, photographer
Frank Stefanko was a constant presence, documenting Springsteen’s meteoric rise from sultry rock newcomer to mythical rock troubadour.
Over the years, Stefanko’s images have become ingrained in the Springsteen legend. He shot the covers for Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River, as well as the cover shot for Born to Run, Springsteen’s best-selling autobiography, and Chapter and Verse, the album that accompanied the book.
Now, Stefanko is sharing a never-before-seen selection of those photos in his new book, Bruce Springsteen: Further Up The Road. Published by Guido Harari of Wall of Sound Editions in Alba, Italy, the book will be a limited edition of only 1,978 copies. Each book has been carefully printed and bound by the finest Italian craftsmen and will be available through a limited number of outlets.
Morrison Hotel Gallery is proud to present Bruce Springsteen – Further Up The Road: A Forty Year Photographic Retrospect by Frank Stefanko. This exhibition and sale will feature of 35 images – many of which have never been publicly seen or printed until now – featured in the book, as well as the opportunity to purchase a signed and numbered copy of the book, and signed and numbered prints in various sizes.
All of the aforementioned are also available for purchase on the Morrison Hotel Gallery website.
The lineup of photographs in the exhibit paint a striking portrait of an all-American rock hero who has only grown in stature during his meteoric rise to fame. The images demonstrate the onstage tour de force that energizes every Springsteen concert. It also features laid back shots of him and the E Street Band casually talking and laughing around a pinball machine. An early photo shows a young Springsteen preening proudly for the camera, while a more recent image has an older-but-wiser rock legend fixing the lens with a knowing gaze.
In his autobiography, Springsteen wrote, “Frank’s photographs were stark. 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. […] 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.”
Bruce Springsteen – Further Up The Road: A Forty Year Photographic Retrospect by Frank Stefanko exhibition will open at Morrison Hotel Gallery’s West Hollywood location, in the Sunset Marquis Hotel on November 2nd and be up through November 12th. It will open at the gallery’s SoHo/NYC location on November 10th, right in the middle of Springsteen’s much-awaited solo run on Broadway, and will be up for 3 weeks.
The book will be available in two editions. The deluxe-edition, selling for $630, comes in a clamshell box and includes a beautiful signed and numbered photograph. The 400-page book weighs in at 10 pounds and features translucent, as well as fold-out pages. A select number of deluxe editions will be available at the two Morrison Hotel Gallery shows.
The collectors edition of Bruce Springsteen: Further Up The Road will sell for $380. While it does not include the extra photograph, it comes in a gorgeous slipcover.
“I am very excited about the release of this very special book and the gallery shows related to it, as it represents a forty-year photographic collaboration between Bruce and I,” Stefanko said. “It also represents almost two years of amazing, creative work between Guido Harari and myself. It’s very fulfilling to see this project finally come to fruition.”
About Frank Stefanko:
Frank Stefanko is a fine art photographer whose work graces the album covers of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, and Chapter and Verse, as well as Southside Johnny’s Hearts of Stone album cover, and Patti Smith’s the Arista Years 1975/2000 box set. In addition, Stefanko’s photographs also appear in Bruce Springsteen’s Live 1975-1985, Greatest Hits, Tracks, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, and The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984.
Mr. Stefanko is the author of the book, Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen, and Patti Smith: American Artist. Both of these books are now in their second edition. Moreover, Frank’s photograph titled Corvette Winter was chosen for the cover of Bruce’s autobiography, Born to Run, which was released in September 2016.
Beyond Stefanko’s rock photography, he has been assembling a portfolio of landscape photographs that feature place where the footprint of man has not yet touched.
Living in New Jersey, Mr. Stefanko has been making photographs for over fifty years. Self-taught as a boy, inspired by film noir movies and the old masters such as Edward Steichen, Alfred Steiglitz, and Diane Arbus, he excelled in art and photography in both high school and college.
“Photography has been the one constant in my ever-changing life.”