"One bleak November morning in 1968, I woke up very early and took the R train in Manhattan up to 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. I walked a couple of blocks south and crossed over to the east side of the street and tried to ignore the lingerie mannequins in the window as I walked up to the building at 853 Seventh Avenue and started to ring the buzzer for Ernst Haas. Just before doing so, I checked my watch. It was 5:55 A.M. I hesitated, deciding to wait five minutes before finally reaching out and nervously placing my finger on the button. The night before, after talking briefly with Haas, I had made an appointment to see him "at six," and as I hung up the phone, I realized I had no idea whether he meant A.M. or P.M. On a hunch, I went with my gut, but...what if I was wrong? No sooner did I hear the buzzer go off with a disconcertingly loud and annoying sound, than I heard a European voice through the the intercom telling me to come up."

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Iconic Moments: Eric Meola's Photographic Odyssey / 2011

"Every picture tells a story, as the song goes. Perhaps nobody understands this more than Eric Meola ’68 (left), the Syracuse-born photographer who shot the iconic cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run album. The image, featuring the smiling, scraggly guitarist, leaning on the shoulders of his husky saxophonist, Clarence Clemons, is at once intimate and joyous, two friends on the cusp of unimaginable success."

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POP PHOTO / 2008

"I was sitting in the front room of Max's Kansas City late one July day in 1973, reviewing a photo shoot that just had wrapped, when I was introduced to Eric Meola. A few minutes later, I happened to notice a somewhat familiar figure walk by the table and head into the back room; it was Bruce Springsteen. Eric excused himself and also went into the back room, because as it turned out that night Bob Marley and The Wailers, in their first New York City appearance, was the opening act for Bruce Springsteen in what would be a legendary six-night stand. I was already a Bruce fan and decided then and there to stay for the show, which was a great one, and the first of many I attended."

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"During a telephone interview from his studio in Bridgehampton this past weekend, Mr. Meola talked about photography, photographing "The Boss," his next project, and Dino, his beloved dachshund who passed away the day after the photographer's return from England."

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