The Galerie Lounge TD, proudly opening its second year, takes immense
pleasure in presenting the first-ever Montreal showing of The Spirit of a Generation,
the 1960's body of work by renowned American photographer, Elliott Landy.
Born in 1942, Elliott Landy, resides in Woodstock, an arts colony which has been
home to many artists and musicians since the early 1900's, including Bob Dylan and
The Band. His photographs have been published the world over, adorned albums including
Nashville Skyline by Bob Dylan, Music From Big Pink by The Band, Moondance by Van
Morrison, and appeared on the covers of major magazines including Rolling Stone,
Life and the Saturday Evening Post. He has had six books of his work published and
solo exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide.
Elliott began his photographic career in the turbulent '60s, while the Vietnam War
raged and young Americans protested and rejected established traditional values.
When the mainstream press balked at publishing his photos of anti-war protests,
he offered them for free to underground newspapers in New York City, where he lived.
He would therefore gain access not only to the political scene of the moment, but
above all to the great countercultural movement known as rock'n'roll. From 1967
to 1969, Elliott would bring his camera backstage, onstage or to the homes of a
who's-who of emerging rock'n'roll superstars: Bob Dylan, The
Band, Janis Joplin, Van Morrison,
Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison,
Joan Baez, Eric Clapton and many others who carried
a generation's message of hope and freedom which would go on to change the world.
In 1969, he was the official photographer of the Woodstock Festival, held in Bethel,
near the peaceful town of Woodstock in New York State. Over 500,000 assembled to
revel in music and celebrate life and a new way of being. Woodstock would become
one of the landmark moments in the history of popular music and American culture.