Boy becomes a man

From the Daily News:

The “Boy” has become a man.

Peter Rowen, who appeared on the covers of U2 albums “Boy” (1980) and “War” (1983) as a child, is all grown up and a photographer and father living in Dublin.

And he is still close with Bono and The Edge.

Two years ago, Rowen, now 37, photographed the band’s Dublin concert, in addition to others. U2 has even used one of his pictures for a t-shirt and a poster.

Rowen, who says he rarely gets recognized, was chosen to be the cover subject because he grew up near Bono in Ireland.

“Bono lived across the road and was friends with my brother,” he tellsĀ Yahoo. “I don’t know why they thought of me.”

He was 5 when he shot the cover of “Boy” and 8 when he sat for “War.”

Although it was many years ago, Rowen does still hold some memories of the latter shoot, although not exactly fond ones.

The first is disliking the soup that was served by the photographer’s wife.

“And the other memory is that Bono was driving us back from Dun Laoighaire, Ireland [where the photo was taken],” remembers Rowen. “He was talking to someone in the backseat and someone shouted to watch out for a car. Two memories from the day: I didn’t like the soup, and I was nearly in a crash.

 

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