Elliott Landy, "Bob Dylan, Woodstock", 1968, A/P, Infrared, Cibachrome.

Elliott Landy, “Bob Dylan, Woodstock”, 1968, A/P, Infrared, Cibachrome.

Elliott Landy

Elliott Landy offers a celebration, in word and image, of what he calls the Woodstock Vision, a way of thinking and being that created the time so many look back on as the most important period of their lives – a time that not only continues to inspire them but has been embraced by a younger generation as well. With ‘peace on earth’ and a ‘just’ society as their goals, the 60s generation experienced a spiritual awakening that forever changed the world. In 1967 Elliott began photographing demonstrations against the Vietnam War to add his voice to the rising tide of anti-war rallyists. He started by working for underground newspapers, which he felt would publish the truth about what was happening at the demonstrations and in the country as a whole. He wanted to make the American people aware of the violence and repression that was taking place, but was not being reported by mainstream media. Also, an important part of Elliott’s life was the rock music of the time, and he chose to photograph what he loved. The music and its message of freedom and unity inspired him tremendously. His press pass gave him access to some remarkable front row shots of numerous legendary performers, and the quality of his work allowed him intimate association with some of the most important musicians and events of the time. Elliott was one of the first music photographers to be recognized as an artist. His photographs are still being published today, in Landy’s words, reminding a new generation of the ideals of freedom we all had in those days. Elliott’s best known works are his 60s music photographs which include the Woodstock Festival (he was the official photographer), Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline), The Band (Music From Big Pink, and The Band), Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company and Cheap Thrills), Van Morrison (Moondance), Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and others. Elliott Landy lives in Woodstock, New York.