Artist: Photographer Richard Aaron
Title: Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square garden
Year created: N/A
Medium: hahnemuehle Photo Paper
Signed by the artist
Edition: Limited Edition 17 of 100
Height (inches): 24
Width (inches): 20
This piece is unframed.
Includes a certificate of authenticity.
Bruce Springsteen photographed by Richard Aaron at Madison Square Gardens.
Description of piece:
"Bruce was performing a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. I was on assignment for the publicity department of CBS Records and was allowed to shoot the whole show. As Bruce was finishing one of his songs, I looked at the frame counter and there were 5 shots left -- barely a second's worth with my motor drive. On the next song all the lights on stage were turned off except one overhead and a few feet in back of him. The light silhouetted his body creating an aura. I looked through the camera, which had a 50-millimeter lens attached, and knew I was witnessing one of those once- in-a-lifetime shots. But I needed to go wider; the 50-millimeter lens was way too tight -- and I had only another 10, maybe 15 seconds to correct the situation before the composition was lost. I switched to a 24mm lens and put in a fresh roll of Tri-X film and captured Bruce at the microphone, his hands waving side to side. It was the kind of spontaneous shot impossible to stage in a studio. I had 36 frames of this and had the luxury of picking the best. Shots like these require being in the right place at the right time, but also advance preparation and constant concentration. Had I been checking out the audience, cleaning a lens, or, God forbid, out of film, the shot would have been lost." - Richard E. Aaron
Rock & Roll Gallery EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY (or, Life Beyond The Mosh Pit) Richard E. Aaron's career as a rock 'n' roll photographer took him around the world -- several times, in fact. But there were a couple of places that remained the same no matter what town he happened to be in that night -- The Pit and Backstage. As a working professional photographer, these spaces were home to Richard the majority of evenings on any given week. The Pit refers not to the mosh pit, a Nineties innovation to the rock venue, but rather the photographers pit directly in front of the stage where Richard and his colleagues would gather to capture the elusive perfect shot. Often within reaching distance of the performers, these were the “best seats” in the house, although technically there were no seats in the pit. When he wasn't shooting a live performance or backstage, Richard would work out of his studio, a Manhattan brownstone with 18 foot ceilings and 8-foot-high windows that was perfect for shooting in natural light. His studio was filled with a photographer's paraphernalia: strobe lights, umbrellas diffusers, light stands and tripods, and huge seamless rolls of paper.