FRANK STEFANKO.



FRANK STEFANKO.

date November 18, 2017 > January 28, 2018
place Wall Of Sound Gallery

"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. 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.” – Bruce Springsteen (reprinted by permission from Born To Run, Simon & Schuster, 2016).

Wall of Sound Gallery and Wall of Sound Editions are proud to present a new exhibition taken from our phenomenal new limited edition book of photographs of Bruce Springsteen made by Frank Stefanko. Published on November 1st, 2017, “Bruce Springsteen. Further up the Road” is an astounding anthology of over 40 years of largely unseen images of Springsteen, all shot by Stefanko throughout Springsteen’s epic career. Only 1,978 copies have been produced of this book. 

Frank has spent over four decades working closely with Bruce Springsteen. He 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.

Our limited edition book features a personal introduction text by Bruce Springsteen himself and 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 The Rising, The Seeger Sessions, and Working on a Dream album covers.

“Bruce and Frank came from the same places, and reflected back and forth on one another. I believe Bruce knew Frank would 'get him', and not force outside ideas and concepts into the photographs. But Frank would tell the stories Bruce was presenting to him. That’s what makes the magic." - Danny Clinch 

“The images in this book are a kaleidoscope of Springsteen’s words and songs, as well as a visual catalogue of images we grew up with. As Bruce entered the vernacular of American music and its psyche, Frank found his world. And in this book, he shares it with us.” - Eric Meola

The related exhibition, which recently premiered at Morrison Hotel Gallery in LA and NY, features many classic shots, but also images from a never before published shoot with Springsteen from 2004, at his residence in Colts Neck, NJ and to round things up, in April 2017, Springsteen granted Frank a brand new, exclusive shoot at his studio in Colts Neck, NJ, specifically for inclusion in the book. 

New Jersey based, self taught photographer Frank Stefanko has been taking photographs for over 50 years and also boasts an impressive 40 year working relationship with acclaimed rock artist Patti Smith. His close college friendship with Patti, led to his initial foray into music photography and he was introduced to Springsteen in the late seventies. Stefanko is the author of two books, Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith: American Artist.

You may order your signed/numbered copy of Bruce Springsteen. Further up the Road here.

The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Friday 10:30am-12:30pm / 3:30pm-7pm. Saturday and Sunday 3:30pm-7pm on appointment. Monday closed. Free entrance. Please give us a call at 0173362324 to check possible hour variations.

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