Backstage With Paul: Dancing In The Dark
At this point in time, one thing lead to another and another and another for Paul. People began to take notice of his work behind the lens and they wanted a piece of what Paul was capturing for their artists, too…
“When I got back from Minneapolis for Prince’s birthday party, I sent some of my photos to Rolling Stone. A couple of days later, I got a call from a publicist I knew in New York City. She told me that she saw my photos of Prince when she was visiting Rolling Stone, and wanted to know if I wanted to go back to Minneapolis and photograph her client, a guy named Bruce Springsteen. I said sure! On June 28, 1984, I flew back up to the Twin Cities and met the publicist at her hotel. We jumped in her car and headed to the St. Paul Civic Center. I asked why we were going the day before the tour started, and she told me that they were shooting Bruce’s first music video, for the song “Dancing in the Dark.”
So we walked into the venue and there was famed film director Brian DePalma (Scarface) setting camera angles. The E Street Band was setting up to play to an empty arena, with the exception of the camera crew, myself and about 200 extras sitting behind the stage. During the shoot, this cute young woman was wandering around on the floor of the arena. At one point during filming, Bruce pulled her up on stage and danced with her. The next night at the first show of the tour, the band did the song twice, and the crew filmed from the stage looking out at the audience.
Several years later, I was watching a new television show called Friends and there was the cute woman starring on the show!
Recently, on Courteney Cox’s new show, called Cougar Town, she was complaining to her college-age son about how uncool she was in high school. He reached for a book on a shelf, opened it, held it up, and there was one of my pictures, as he said, ‘Hey mom, you were cool. In high school you danced with Bruce Springsteen on stage!’ ”
About Paul Natkin
Paul Natkin learned photography in the trenches, working with his father, the team photographer of the Chicago Bulls. He shot sports in the Chicago area for five years before he discovered music photography in 1976.
Since then, he has photographed most of the major music stars of the last half of the 20th century, shooting album covers for artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Johnny Winter and magazine covers for Newsweek (Bruce Springsteen), Ebony (Tina Turner), People (Prince), and music magazines around the world. See his work online at natkin.net.