Elliott Landy began his photography career in the late Sixties, working with underground newspapers to express his own visual voice in support of the antiwar sentiment throughout the United States. His press pass and camera not only gave him access to the political scene but also provided him entry into the new rock music counterculture. For him, taking photographs of musicians was an act of political activism, to make people aware of an alternative way to live and be.
His iconic photographs of Bob Dylan and The Band during the years they resided and recorded in the small arts colony of Woodstock, New York, along with his coverage of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, captured the attention of a new generation seeking spiritual and artistic freedom. His imagery has become synonymous with the town, the famed 1969 music festival, and the utopian spirit of the Woodstock Generation.
Best known for his classic rock photographs, Elliott Landy was one of the first music photographers to be recognized as an artist. His celebrated works include portraits of Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline), The Band (Music From Big Pink and The Band), Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills), Van Morrison (Moondance), Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and others.
Since 1967, Elliott’s work has been exhibited and published worldwide. He is the author of seven books and the architect of a new software program, LandyVision, which creates an interactive music and visual experience that has never been seen before—to be released next year.