Woodstock Spirit


May 2011

Elliott Landy began documenting the “underground” music culture in New York City during the mid 1960’s . This happened as a result of his returning to the US from Europe to photograph the big peace demonstrations taking place in New York and Washington, DC. Since many of the leading musicians of the period were also politically active, it was a natural progression for the idealistic photographer.

After exploring that world, Elliott moved on to other inspirations and art forms, photographing his own children and travels, creating impressionist flower photographs and doing motion and kaleidoscopic photography in both still and film formats. He is currently at work on an extensive project that uniquely combines still photography, music and moving images. Additionally, he is compiling an intensely beautiful and intimate body of work of his own life in a project called “Love After Sixty”.

His photographs have been published worldwide on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post, Life Magazine and Rolling Stone. Some of the musicians who have been a part of Landy’s “vision” include The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joan Baez and Linda Ronstadt. He was “the official photographer ” of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival.

Since the summer of 1969, Woodstock “spirit” was and continues to be an inspiration for all types of musicians, artists and photographers.