Elliott Landy made his name photographing the counter culture of 1960s America. Best known for his iconic rock photographs from the 1960s, Landy was one of the first music photographers to be recognised as an “artist”. His photographs of Dylan and The Band during the years they resided and recorded in Woodstock, and his coverage of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, which he served as the festival’s official photographer, captured the attention of a new culture seeking spiritual and artistic freedom.

Pictured here, The Who performing at the legendary venue, Fillmore East, on East Avenue, New York City, 1968.


The Sixties were about trying to discover the truth about everything and trying to live that truth in life

Elliott Landy
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Elliott Landy, born in 1942, began photographing the anti-Vietnam war movement and the underground music culture in NYC in 1967. His images of Bob Dylan and The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many others show the music scene during that time which culminated in the 1969 Woodstock Festival, of which he was the official photographer. He is also known for his work using kaleidoscopes and for his experimental still life of flowers.

Landy’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and published on the covers of major US and international magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Life, Rolling Stone and the Saturday Evening Post. He is represented worldwide by Magnum Photos, Getty, and several other local photo agencies.

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