Gallery Watch: "From Darkness to a Dream: The Images of Bruce Springsteen"

Posted by David Ozanich — 19 Oct 2010

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Sitting on the subway yesterday I saw an ad for ”Who Shot Rock & Roll” at the Brooklyn Museum about music photography. I thought to myself “That looks neat.” But then I came to my computer today and there wasn’t any listing for it at the Brooklyn Museum’s website. Then I realized that the show opened LAST October and that sign had been riding the rails for well over a year. Nevermind what that says about the sorry state of the MTA’s advertising department, but it made me a little sad because I wanted to see it.

However, my sadness has been sated because I came across another rock and roll photography show, this one decidedly more intimate and specific in scope, but still an intriguing show. “From Darkness to a Dream: The Images of Bruce Springsteen” opened this past Friday at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York City:

Frank Stefanko and Danny Clinch both residents of New Jersey share a legacy of some of the finest photographs ever shot of fellow Jersey friend Bruce Springsteen. This show features the debut of iconic photographs never available in a gallery show before including the cover shots for "Darkness at the Edge of Town" and "The River" lensed by Stefanko and “The Seeger Sessions” from Clinch.

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T Magazine has an illuminating interview with Danny Clinch who has worked with and studied under several major photographers. Here’s what he had to say about his time with Annie Leibovitz:

When I started working on my own, I thought I’m never going to get this. I don’t think about covering people in roses or milk.

I’ve always like that iconic Leibovitz shot of Whoopi Goldberg submerged in a tub of milk and because I’m a nice guy, I’ve included it below. The show is on view at the SoHo space of the Morrison Hotel Gallery at 124 Prince Street and is open 7 days a week.

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