Barry Schneier is currently at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the opening of Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. The exhibit is being curated by the GRAMMY Museum and features the work of Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen, Frank Stefanko as well as Barry himself.
Needless to say, an impressive lineup of photographers who have worked with and known Springsteen through many different stages of his career. Barry will be sharing some stories of his own and the other photographers throughout the opening.
Here's one from Frank Stefanko, who shot Springsteen during his early career:
Frank went to college with Patti Smith and has been friends ever since. They were hanging at a club in NY where Bruce was playing. He had no record deal at the time. A virtual unknown. Frank went over to Patti and said “You've got to come downstairs and see this guy. I tell you.. he’s going to be a star”
Some time later when Bruce released his first album, “Greetings from Asbury Park”, Frank receives a package one day. Inside is a copy of the album. The original album pressing included a set of two-sided postcards. Frank flips it a postcard over and on the back is a hand written note. “To Frank, This is for you. I understand from Patti I’m going to be a star someday. Thanks, Bruce Springsteen."