Nearly 50 years ago, I discovered a way of shooting film and playing music with it which produced a different kind of visual and musical experience—a different kind of mind space when you watched it.

I thought I was going to rush out and be able to distribute and show my films. However I discovered that the way I needed to work was impossible with then current technology.
Since then I’ve pursued this new kind of filmmaking through every new digital technology that came along, videotape, videodiscs, CD/DVD, and then video editing software.

Finally, a few years ago, I developed my own software to enable me to make my own kind of music films which will be seen for the first time on July 3rd at Utopia Studios

We’ll be debuting a half hour of these short music film experiences.

Since it’s the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the show will focus on Sixties images I have done of the festival itself and other music/cultural events of that period. However we’ll also have a smattering of Impressionist flowers and kaleidoscopic interpretations of reality. So this is a “taste” of this body of work. The films I show here, should be enough to space you out and put you in a really good mood. Some of the films are meditative while some are pure rock n’ roll. Meditative as well as sensory expanding are appropriate descriptions. Perhaps the best description is “trippy.”
— Elliott Landy



Elliott Landy, born in 1942, began photographing the anti-Vietnam war movement and the underground music culture in New York City in 1967. He is a pioneer of Woodstock, and lives with Lynda, his wife.

Photographing many of the underground rock and roll superstars, both backstage and onstage, from 1967 to 69. His images of Bob Dylan and The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Van Morrison, Richie Havens, and many others documented the music scene during that classic rock and roll period which culminated with the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Landy was the official photographer and was part of the inspiring energy of this era.

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.His photographs have been published worldwide for many years in all print mediums including covers of Rolling Stone, Life, the Saturday Evening Post, etc. and album covers, calendars, photographic book collections, etc. He has published 9 photography books, Woodstock Vision, The Spirit of A Generation, in book and in 1997 produced and interactive CD-ROM for PANOSONIC Interactive, and inventor of “LANDY VISION” an interactive and intuitive photo/video/music APP turn a mobile device into a musical instrument for “playing” pictures .