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After 38 Years, Springsteen Returning to CCC Via Photos and Stories


Thirty-eight years ago this month, on Oct. 21, 1974, Bruce Springsteen performed “direct from Asbury Park” on Camden County College’s Blackwood Campus to a crowd of students who undoubtedly had no idea they were seeing a future international icon.


The Boss will “return” to the College by way of photographs and tales when CCC’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility features Springsteen album photographer and author Frank Stefanko presenting “Days of Hope and Dreams: Photographing Bruce Springsteen” on Oct. 15. The 7 p.m. talk will be given just one week shy of the 38th anniversary of Springsteen’s campus concert.


Stefanko will share his experiences taking pictures of Springsteen from 1978 to 1982. During this period, he shot images for the albums Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River and Nebraska. His photographs also appear on Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s Live 1975-1985 album and Springsteen’s Greatest Hits, Tracks and The Essential Bruce Springsteen albums.


During the presentation, Stefanko will present a slideshow of his work. He will conduct a signing for his book, Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen, following his talk.


Stefanko, a New Jersey resident, has been creating photographs for more than 50 years. Self-taught as a boy and inspired by film noir movies and “old masters” in photography – including Edward Steichen, Alfred Steiglitz and Diane Arbus – he pursued both art and photography throughout high school and college.


“Photography,” he says, “has been the one constant in my ever-changing life.”


“Days of Hopes and Dreams: Photographing Bruce Springsteen” will take place in Civic Hall of the Connector Building. The Blackwood Campus is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.


Admission is free. The event is open to both the College and local communities.


For further details or to attend, contact the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or via e-mail at

Published: October 10, 2012