Art Meripol

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Here's a few unseen photos from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's December 1984 tour stop in Memphis Tennessee. I was the only photographer at the show and shot the usual 'first three songs'. I never shot more film faster at a show. Bruce was maniacal and all over the stage and film just seemed to be sucked through my cameras. 36 frames of Tri-X would be gone so fast. I was rewinding and reloading while simultaneously trying to shoot with another camera body. I was probably shooting with a Nikon FM2 and a F3 and a Nikon 24mm and 180 2.8 and rated at 400.

I scanned my favorite shots from the show almost 20 years ago.I've posted them often in the past. I won't repost those here today.

Yesterday I realized how long ago it was since I last edited the shoot and thought I'd go back and see if I missed anything. I still think my original edit captured the best frames but I did find a few more I liked. So here they are, a few unpublished images. With the exception of a few publications access like I had 39 years ago doesn't really exist any more, not with those high-dollar front row seats. Today any/all photographers would likely be stationed halfway back on the floor by the soundboard or handicapped seating area unless they're from Rolling Stone or some other big publication.

Now I kind of feel inspired to go back and re-edit more old concerts from the 70's and 80's.


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Wow.. so much energy! Superb set (makes me wonder how amazing the 1st choice images are like if these are ‘also-rans’..😲😎)
Here's a few more from the shoot, ones I scanned first go-round.


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Brilliant stuff, Art. Tri-X is just right for these. It's impossible to pick a favorite, but if I had to I think it would be 089. Just magical!
Brilliant stuff, Art. Tri-X is just right for these. It's impossible to pick a favorite, but if I had to I think it would be 089. Just magical!
Good eye! That shot is my fav too. I have some of my old concert work at, an agency that sells fine art prints from the entertainment field and that one is the one that sells the most.