By Jeff Greene /
I'm a big Bruce Springsteen fan....
This comes as no surprise to my family and friends since I own every E Street Band album, numerous tour T-shirts, a few bootlegs, and have been to dozens of concerts since the late 70's.
My unbridled enthusiasm was, however, a complete shock to my General Manager here at Microsoft. A couple of years ago he scored a couple of last-minute tickets and backstage passes to the band's concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC. After hanging backstage with Little Steven, we joined 20,000 true hard-core fans from New York and New Jersey for one of the most memorable concerts ever. That night Kostas saw a whole new side of his marketing manager since I was constantly on my feet, singing every song, and high-fiving complete strangers when the band played the first few notes of an old E Street classic. It was perfect.
So why is this relevant on the Microsoft Pro Photo blog? Because I'm equally enthusiastic about photography as I am rock 'n roll and have discovered a cause that combines these two passions that will help a lot of families who have fallen on hard times...
For decades, Bruce Springsteen has encouraged his fans to support local organizations that fight poverty and feed the hungry, describing food banks across the country as “on the front lines" in this battle. This effort has become more difficult during the current economic crisis, especially as the need grows while the support dwindles. The past year alone has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of people seeking assistance in the Garden State.
To aid the cause, BackStreets Magazine has launched the "Photographers Against Hunger" program encouraging fans of Bruce Springsteen to donate $25 to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. This is an opportunity to donate to a very worthy cause and also get a chance to bring home an extraordinary work of photographic art, thanks to the generosity of 14 noted photographers who have taken some iconic photos of Bruce and the band over the last 30 years.
See the complete gallery of images here
©Lynn Goldsmith ©Eric Meola ©Danny Clinch
©Neal Preston ©Anton Corbijin ©David Michael Kennedy
©Albert Watson ©Timothy White ©Annie Leibovitz
©Frank Stefanko ©Mary Alfieri ©Pamela Springsteen
©Barbara Pyle ©David Rose
For each $25 contribution you donate, you’ll receive an entry in the drawing for an original photographic print by one of the Photographers Against Hunger. There is no limit to the number of donations you can make.
The goal is to reach 14,000 donations, after which 14 very lucky people will be chosen at random to receive one of the signed prints that the photographers have given to the cause. The prints will be awarded randomly to each of the 14 randomly selected donors.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for to own an original, signed print by the photographers who have made the iconic images of Springsteen’s career.
"Photographers Against Hunger"
Community Food Bank of New Jersey
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