In this week’s issue, David Remnick profiles Bruce Springsteen. Here’s a selection of photographs of Springsteen from over four decades, with words from the photographers who captured him.
“My first professional job as a photographer was to make Bruce Springsteen’s first pictures at Columbia Records, in February of 1973,” Peter Cunningham writes. “It was just before ‘Greetings from Asbury Park’ was released—I got paid twenty-five dollars. Bruce was just a kid from New Jersey; he wandered in with his girlfriend Diane. Later John Hammond stopped by, as he often did in those days. Bruce was known to some as John’s “latest folly” (Dylan had been an earlier one). Blinded by the light, some thought the kid was faking it when those stumbling tumbling rambling array of lyrics rolled off his tongue; there was even debate about whether he really was a good guitar player. But when he sat down to talk with us, there was no pretense or falseness in the room. He was noticeably good at just being himself.”