Aged just 26 years old, Elliott Landy was the official photographer at Woodstock (1969). He dedicated himself to photography when he realised that there were only two things that he enjoyed in life: girls and taking photos. In the full swing of the Sixties, he photographed civil rights demonstrations and peace rallies. Whilst the official press hesitated to show these shots, Landy offered them for free to the New York underground press.
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His press pass not only gave him access to the political scene but also gave him personal access to the new hippie counterculture music scene. The Sixties generation wanted to change the world and the musicians were regarded as leaders. Of that period, Landy said: “The philosophy at the time was to do what satisfied our greatest desires whilst trying to make the world a better place.”
Elliott Landy’s photographs of Woodstock reflected his deepest personal beliefs: moments of shared awareness coupled with the power of music to liberate the soul. He also had covers of the Rolling Stones and Life magazines to his credit, as well as the Saturday Evening Post. Some of the best-known musical albums of the period were also illustrated by Elliott Landy.