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A Fine-Art photography book of Elliott Landy's photographs of THE BAND—featuring both his iconic and never-before-seen images.

  The book will be available in two versions—a Regular Edition and a Deluxe Limited Edition—both hardcover.  Deluxe Limited Edition copies will come in a slipcase, signed and numbered.   I will also include an 8x10" print of "The Band with Hamlet" (see below).  This image will only be printed in this size for this Deluxe Edition.  It's the first time that I've printed this image as a fine art print. (In collectors' terms it's an Early Print.)  The Deluxe Edition will be limited to a maximum of 500 copies. Both of these versions will be from the First Edition printing of the book—printed on heavyweight fine art paper, personally supervised by me.  

The Project:

    As most people familiar with the Band’s music know, I took the photos for their first two albums, Music From Big Pink and The Band. During that period I was the only photographer they let take pictures of them. They treated me like a friend and allowed me the freedom to hang out and take whatever pictures I wanted.  Looking back, I wish I had shot more, but my laid-back style was what allowed me to be close with them. I never interfered with what was going on, never asked them to do anything just for the camera. 

     I shot over 8000 frames of film. Of these, only about 30 have been widely published. The photos have been in my studio for over forty years, taking up prime space on the shelves and in my fireproof file cabinet. I am still in love with them. I feel it’s my best body of work from the Sixties and each time I peruse the unseen contact sheets, proof prints and slides, I find at least one new gem and think, “I am going to make a book of all this some day.” Well, now is the moment. I am seventy-one, still feeling twenty, but recognizing that time will catch my body and spirit soon enough and that with crowd sourcing support I will be able, finally, to make the book I want to make. I am gathering the best of it to make into a finely printed book so that the experiences I had while hanging out with them will be passed on. The photographs of Garth, Levon, Richard, Rick and Robbie show their camaraderie, their love of life and music. It will visually define who they were for the generations to come—brothers creating two of the greatest albums in the history of music.

   My photographic journey with THE BAND began on Rick's uncle's farm outside of Toronto where we went to shoot the next of kin photo. The next time I photographed them was at Big Pink on Easter Sunday, 1968. The sessions with them continued for the next two years in Woodstock and on the road, taking me to Los Angeles to hang out at Sammy Davis Jr.'s pool-house while they recorded their self-titled album, backstage for their debut show in San Francisco, and to The Woodstock Festival.

   Because of unfettered access, the photographs bring us into their lives, from the mundane chores of grocery shopping to the fun of playing football in the backyard to the sublime moments of creation in the studio and onstage. You will be transported back to their house above the Ashokan Reservoir and invited to gather on Levon’s bed as they discuss lyrics for who knows, Rag Mama Rag or maybe King Harvest.... 

Book Specs:

   There will be two versions of the book:  the Regular Edition (expected price: $75) and the Deluxe Limited Edition (expected price: $400.)  All copies given to backers of this Kickstarter project will be from the First Edition printing of the book, which I will personally oversee. 

Please note: Fans should continue to reserve copies of this Special First Printing of this book because it’s possible that after the Kickstarter campaign is over, this version of the book may not be available, OR may be more expensive.

The Regular Edition:

  • Hardcover
  • 128 to 144 pages (to be determined)
  • 11 x 13 inches
  • Printed on heavyweight, high quality paper

The Deluxe Limited Edition:

  • The Regular Edition book PLUS
  • A cloth covered slipcase
  • An 8x10" signed Fine Art Pigment Ink Print of "The Band with Hamlet, 1968" (shown below).  This image will only be available in this size as part of the Deluxe Limited Edition book. It will not be available for sale separately.
  • Numbered and hand-signed by Elliott
  • Limited to 500 copies maximum
"The Band with Hamlet, 1968." This 8x10" Fine Art Pigment print will be included in every Deluxe Limited Edition book.
"The Band with Hamlet, 1968." This 8x10" Fine Art Pigment print will be included in every Deluxe Limited Edition book.

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CLICK HERE TO SEE A TABLE SUMMARIZING THE PLEDGE LEVELS & REWARDS.

Rewards:

THANK-YOU CARD 5x7" (all levels):  All backers pledging $25 or more will receive a hand-signed Thank-You card which will include a photograph of The Band by Elliott Landy.

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LITHOS 16x22" (level 3):  Lithos are reproductions of Elliott's photographs made with a printing press on high quality, heavy-weight paper with light resistant inks.  Elliott went to great lengths to make these look as close as possible to a fine art print, although they are not nearly as archival as Fine Art prints.

* Please note: once the Kickstarter project is complete, we will be contacting you in regards to your choice of Litho, so stay tuned.

- Litho 1:  "Album photo from Music From Big Pink, 1968."

- Litho 2:  "Cover Photo, The Band Album," 1969.

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CAPITOL RECORDS POSTER 20x30" (levels 4 & 6) Capitol Records printed these Promotional Posters for The Band's box set, "The Band: A Musical History."  They were never for sale.  Elliott received approximately 100 of these from the record company which he has signed and numbered.

"In Rick's Basement, 1969." Capitol Records Promotional Poster. 20x30"
"In Rick's Basement, 1969." Capitol Records Promotional Poster. 20x30"
Capitol Records Promotional Poster.  Signature close-up.
Capitol Records Promotional Poster. Signature close-up.

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PRINTS AVAILABLE FOR LEVELS 7, 8, 9 & 11

Backers who receive prints, either Fine Art Pigment Ink prints (levels 7 & 8) or Silver Gelatin prints (levels 9 & 11), can choose from the following images (see below for an explanation of print types).  Once the Kickstarter project is finished you will be asked to send us your selection.

* Please note: once the Kickstarter project is complete, we will be contacting you in regards to your choice of print, so stay tuned.

- PRINT A: “Music from Big Pink, 1968, Sepia tone."

  • Pigment Ink 16x20 
  • Pigment Ink 18x24 
Print A
Print A

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- PRINT B: "The Band, 1969."

  • Pigment Ink 16x20 
  • Pigment Ink 18x24 
  • Silver Gelatin 20x24 (Ltd Edition)
Print B
Print B

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- PRINT C: "Behind Big Pink. Easter Sunday, 1968."  Used on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, August 24th, 1968.

  • Pigment Ink 16x20 
  • Pigment Ink 18x24 
  • Silver Gelatin 20x24 (Ltd Edition)
Print C
Print C

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- PRINT D"In Rick's Basement, 1969."

  • Pigment Ink 16x20 
  • Pigment Ink 18x24 
  • Silver Gelatin 20x24 (Ltd Edition)
Print D
Print D

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- PRINT E: "Brown album alternative photo, 1969." 

  • Silver Gelatin 20x24 (Ltd Edition)

Edition Limited to 50.  Never before seen or printed.  I took this picture the same day as the one used on the cover of the Brown Album, but somehow we missed seeing how fantastic it is.  This is the first time I've printed it.  I am releasing 20 of these prints for this Kickstarter project.  This photograph is only available as a 20x24 Silver Gelatin print (levels 9 & 11).  

Print E
Print E

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LIMITED EDITION SEPIA TONE SILVER GELATIN PRINT 20x24" (level 10 & 11): 

"Music From Big Pink, 1968."  This is a special Sepia Toned Edition of 50.  I will write the edition number under the lower right hand corner of the image after my name.

Sepia Silver Gelatin
Sepia Silver Gelatin

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Print Types:

Fine Art Pigment Ink Prints 16x20 (level 7) or 18x24 (levels 8 & 11) are printed on heavy-weight fine art paper, with an archival life of over 150 years. Black-and-white images are printed on a paper which has the same look as traditional silver gelatin darkroom prints. The sepia-tone Big Pink image (print A) is printed on a slightly textured, cream color, 100% cotton paper, reminiscent of the original etching and printmaking papers.

Silver Gelatin Prints 20x24 (levels 9, 10 & 11) are the traditional photographic prints made in a darkroom. They have a higher value because they are printed with the process that was used at the time the photos were taken.  They have a slightly different, richer look than a Pigment Ink print.  All Silver Gelatin Prints are limited editions.  In addition to my signature, they are numbered under the image.

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I thank my staff, led by Rachel, for all the help they have given me in creating this project. 

  • Rachel Ana Dobken
  • Alexia Rodriguez
  • Matt Gordon

And to:

  • Jesse Blatt, for consulting on this project
  • Nicholas Blatt, for making the videos
  • Gary Michaels, printing consultant
  • My wife, Linda Landy, for her love. 

A gray studio located three miles from a famous pink house in West Saugerties, New York, Elliott's studio bears unseen photographs and prints along its way. It's the first witness to a Band book being created right inside its walls.

All photographs copyright © Elliott Landy.

LINKS:

Elliott's Website - LandyVision.com

Elliott's Facebook page 

Elliott Landy's Books

To purchase Elliott's prints - e-Shop

To contact Elliott: messages@landyvision.com

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For UPDATES about the project click HERE (same as clicking "updates" above)

VIDEO UPDATES (see credits at the end of the videos):

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are almost no risks involved with the printing of this book. The challenge is to get a superbly printed book, but since we will be working with a well-established printer who has printed many fine art photography books before this is assured. I have been printing fine art photographic prints for many years and have created three complete photographic books in the past (see biography).

FAQ

  • We will be contacting you (via Kickstarter) once the project is completed to ask about your selection. This applies to anyone who has purchased a Litho (level 3) or a Print (levels 7, 8, 9 and 11).

    At that time, we will be creating surveys requesting necessary information (such as names, mailing addresses, choices, etc), so make sure you stay tuned.

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