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: Cheap
Thrills), Van Morrison (Moondance), Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and many others.
A photo journalist as well, his early images documented and supported the rising
tide of anti-war sentiment and spiritual awakening throughout the United States
during the late 1960’s.
Elliott’s iconic photographs of Dylan and The Band during the years they resided
and recorded in the small arts colony of Woodstock, NY and his coverage of the
1969 Woodstock Festival, for which he was an official photographer have
become synonymous with the town, the famed 1969 Music Festival and the
Utopian spirit of the Woodstock Generation.
The ideals of both personal and social freedom are reflected in his later work of
impressionist flowers (combining elements of impressionist painting with
photography), kaleidoscopic imagery, and in the spiritual and artistic depth of
several photo verité series of his family which lovingly capture the spontaneity of
life and the wonder of love at any age.
Since 1967 Elliott’s work has been published and exhibited in galleries and
museums worldwide. He has published nine books of his photography. His latest
monograph, The Band Photographs, 1968-1969, published in 2016, was the
highest funded photographic book in Kickstarter history.
Elliott has also creating a new App. LandyVision™ that lets the user blend still and
moving imagery with music to create an interactive sound and visual experience
that has never been seen before.