Frank Stefanko is a fine art photographer whose work graces the album covers of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, and Chapter and Verse, as well as Southside Johnny’s Hearts of Stone album cover, and Patti Smith’s the Arista Years 1975/2000 box set. In addition, Stefanko’s photographs also appear in Bruce Springsteen’s Live 1975-1985, Greatest Hits, Tracks, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, and The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984.
Stefanko’s work has toured in three museum shows: Bruce Springsteen, Troubadour of the Highway, which at the time broke attendance records at the Frederick Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, The Cranbrook Museum near Detroit, The Experience Music Project in Seattle, and the Newark Museum in New Jersey. In 2012, the Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock Photography show toured the Columbus Museum in Georgia, as well as four additional museums. Most recently, his work, among others has been in the Grammy Museum’s traveling show called Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey.
Mr. Stefanko is the author of the book, Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen, and Patti Smith: American Artist. Both of these books are now in their second edition. Moreover, Frank’s photograph titled Corvette Winter was chosen for the cover of Bruce’s autobiography, Born to Run, which was released in September 2016.
Living in New Jersey, Mr. Stefanko has been making photographs for over fifty years. Self taught as a boy, inspired by film noir movies and the old masters such as Edward Steichen, Alfred Steiglitz, and Diane Arbus, he excelled in art and photography in both high school and college.