Together with “Photographers Against Hunger,” we’re encouraging fans of Bruce Springsteen to donate $25 to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. This is an opportunity to, in the words of one of the photographers, “become a part of the spirit of what Bruce and the band have always been about,” and in return, you’ll not only be helping a noble mission in Springsteen’s backyard, you’ll also get a chance to bring home an extraordinary work of art, thanks to the generosity of these 14 noted photographers.

Your donation is your way of saying that you want to be part of this—of taking the next step to participating in the dream that we are working on.

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. Their work becomes doubly difficult during trying economic times, as the need grows while financial support proves tougher to come by. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s recent “We Can’t Let This Bank Fail!” campaign shines a light on the increasing difficulty of meeting demand, where in just the past year, they’ve seen a 20 percent increase in the number of people seeking food assistance in the Garden State.

Great odds: a one-in-a-thousand shot
For each $25 donation, you’ll be entered into a drawing for an original 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. But of course there are no “losers” here—everyone who donates will be helping a few people who would otherwise go hungry.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for lovers of photography and Bruce’s music to own an original, signed print by the photographers who have made the iconic images of Springsteen’s career. And it is an incredible opportunity for Springsteen fans worldwide to make a small donation and in doing so, join together and answer the question Bruce posed in “Thunder Road”: “Hey, what else can we do now?”

These 14 striking images span Springsteen’s entire career with the E Street Band, from Mary Alfieri’s shot of a bearded Bruce in front of the Asbury Park carousel, to Albert Watson’s Rolling Stone cover photograph from this year. The E Streeters themselves show up in a Darkness-era tough guy group portrait from Lynn Goldsmith, and also in the least-seen image here, Barbara Pyle’s dawn rehearsal shot on the very day Born to Run was finally finished.

From Danny Clinch, a classic leap of faith. More venue shots from Annie Leibovitz, going backstage in Philly; and Neal Preston, capturing Bruce in front of the stage, soundchecking in Kyoto (a shot that became the cover of Dave Marsh’s Bruce Springsteen On Tour: 1968-2005). Outside the concert arena, David Michael Kennedy contributes a numbered, limited edition palladium exhibition print from his Nebraska shoot. Eric Meola, Frank Stefanko, Anton Corbijn, David Rose, Timothy White, and Pam Springsteen also offer rare and iconic studio and album session photographs.

The fine art gallery value of each of these magnificent photographs ranges from $1,000 to $7,500 each. All are large format, original prints signed by the photographers and donated directly for this cause. Click on the thumbnails below for more information, and click here to make your donation and enter the drawing now!

Only 14,000 donations will be accepted as part of this project. Each $25 donation to the FoodBank provides one chance, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward supporting the FoodBank’s efforts. There is no maxiumum number of donations, or chances, per person (unless and until the 14,000 overall limit is reached).

Donations will be accepted beginning on April 23, 2009, with the prints allocated at random and announced by May 23, 2009. Each donation will be assigned a number corresponding to the order in which the donation was received.  Recipients of the prints will be selected using a random number generator on May 23, 2009, or earlier. 

Recipients will be notified by email.  Employees and family members of employees working on this campaign are excluded from entry (including members of "Photographers Against Hunger," The Backstreets Publishing Empire, Inc., Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and Coyne PR).

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