"Corvette Winter," Haddonfield, New Jersey, 1978
It was in 1978 during the Darkness sessions, the first day he came to my house in an old white '58 Chevy pickup truck. But the second day when he came back on a Sunday, he came with this 1960 Corvette, and parked it out in front of my house. So we worked inside the house for a while and then we decided to go into the streets of Haddonfield to do some locations shots, to see what we could come up with. As we were coming outside the house, I saw his car and I said, "Why don't you just go lean on the hood of your car for a second?" I took one singular shot and it was "Corvette Winter."
The amazing thing about it is, that was the biggest-selling photograph of all my photographs of Bruce Springsteen. I often wondered, "What's so good about this shot?" One day I was just staring at it and it came to me. I was looking at him leaning on the car, I was looking at the porch on the house across the street where I lived, and it just finally hit me. People might have bought it because it's Bruce, people might have bought it because there was an automobile in it and they might have been car enthusiasts. But no, it was "Thunder Road" incarnate. It was the definitive "Thunder Road."
The fact that he used "Corvette Winter" [for] his biography – of the zillions of photographs of him that are out there, many of them that are really good – that he chose that to represent his entire life on that cover of that book blew me away, even more than the cover of Darkness.