|Debra L Rothenberg: Photographer: Freelance
New York, NY 10003, USA
|Debra L Rothenberg's Message:
||It’s hard to believe that it has been over 33 years since I photographed Bruce Springsteen for the first time. What started as a dream, turned into a reality and proved that by working hard, dreams do come true.
I was 16 when I heard his music for the first time, and an 18 year old college student when I first saw him live. Back then, it was easy to just walk into an arena with a camera and take photos. My seats were lousy-pretty far up and the first photo I took had Bruce the size of a penny, and I thought it would be the best photo I ever took of him.
When I was 20, he played at the Brendan Bryne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ-just a few miles from where I grew up. This time, a friend got me a seat in the 14th row and again, I brought my camera. I had heard that NJ Monthly Magazine was doing a story on Bruce opening the new arena for 12 sold out shows and called them. Next thing I knew-they bought a photo from me to use with the article.
In 1984 just after graduating college, he released his Born in the USA album and became an international star. I saw him live as much as I was able to afford, and brought my camera each time. Several magazines and newspapers started using my images on a regular basis. One magazine started calling me with assignments.
In 1986, I quit my second staff newspaper job in a small town in PA and landed my dream job for a paper at the Jersey Shore. One night during the summer of 1987, Bruce showed up at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park to perform a few songs with Marshall Crenshaw and I was in the front row. Two nights later, the entire E Street Band rocked the Pony. I called Rolling Stone and asked if they were interested in the photos and was told NO. I sent them anyway. A few days later, the magazine hit the stands and there were my photos. The following week, Bruce jumped on stage again and I was there. Rolling Stone then called me and asked if I was there, and ran my images again. It was a common sight to see Bruce jump on stage and jam at small clubs at the Shore the next few summers . Shortly after, they began using me for other concert assignments but Bruce was my favorite back then.
The summer of 1992, during the Human Touch/Lucky Town Tour, I was hired by Q magazine out of England to follow the tour. They ran an entire spread of about 6 pages plus the cover. It was at this time that I had wanted to do a book, but there wasn’t much of a market then, mainly because Bruce disbanded the E Street Band and had new musicians with him.
In 1998, Bruce’s organization called and asked for images for Bruce’s own book titled Songs. I illustrated some of the songs the way I interpreted them, but those images were never used. The following year, they used one of my images on his live CD titled TRACKS as well as on 6 tour t shirts.
Throughout the years, my images have been featured in several gallery exhibits all over the world and countless books. Rock Paper Photo has at least a dozen or so of my images that they sell as art prints.
Two large publishing companies were interested in my images for a book but I didn’t want another book telling the history of Bruce Springsteen-there are too many and I wanted mine to be more personal. I didn’t want to hand over 32 years of images and have an art director come in and do it their way. Late last year while on a photo shoot with my photographer husband, I was talking to a woman who is the owner/President of Turn the Page Publishing and she asked me “so when am I publishing your book of Bruce Springsteen?” We started talking and met a few times and the dream became a reality. Her company is NJ based and that was another key factor for me-being that both myself and Bruce Springsteen are from NJ, it just felt like home! Working closely with the editor and designer, I am thrilled that my book, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN IN FOCUS Photographs 1980-2012 is exactly the way I have always wanted it to be, and that the book launch will take place on October 12 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
Official Release date-October 1, 2013
"Best Photo Books for Fall"-Wall Street Journal, 9/14/13
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||2.10.2003 (Senior Member)
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