At the Keys
During a break from shooting at the Southside Johnny video, Rose made his first portrait with Springsteen in 1992.
"I was sitting across from Bruce and told him I would love to do some portraits," says Rose. "He was like, 'Why would I want to do that?' There was an empty hotel across the street – workers were boarding it up. There was this old piano in the corner. Bruce sat down at the piano and I starting shooting. This was the first time we'd worked together, and I said, 'You really hate having your picture taken, don't you?' He said, 'It's not my favorite thing. This is nothing compared to writing a song.' And I said, 'Why don't you write a song, and you'll forget how much you hate having your picture taken.' And he deadpanned to me, 'What would I write about?' I shot back: 'A boarded up hotel on the Jersey shore – nothing like something Bruce Springsteen would know anything about.' He laughed and started banging on the keys and messing around."