As a college student, Stefanko attended Glassboro State College in New Jersey. He was friendly with vocalist Patti Smith. A connection with Springsteen was made, Barna writes, and Stefanko went on to photograph for the Darkness on the Edge of Town album, and would continue to photograph Springsteen for the next 40 years.
Stefanko used a Mamiya RB67 and shot Springsteen in his natural environs. If you’re into rock and roll trivia and the story of how an unknown took some of the most memorable photos people around the world recognize, don’t miss the full article.