Exhibition: Elliott Landy

In the late 1960s, Elliott Landy photographed the rock'n'roll group the Band at the peak of their career. Landy's images are now exhibited at Proud Camden

Proud Camden is presenting an exhibition of works by Elliot Landy. The Band Photographs: 1968-1969 is a collection of unexhibited pictures from the peak career of the Band – whose members were Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson; all of whom were multi-instrumentalists.

The exhibition is a document of classic rock history, featuring some of the most influential people from the genre. Being a well-recognized rock‘n’roll photographer with a long career documenting the music scene of New York, Landy became a good friend of the Band in the 1960s. Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman invited Landy to document the group in their production process, as well as behind the scenes. Landy shot over 8000 frames of film, where only about 30 have been published so far.

The career of the Band started in the early 1960s, and became part of a new era of rock. Front figures like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones showed that rock’n’roll was a way to express emotion and opinion. The group with the modest name “The Band” were highly skilled and innovative musicians who fused country with rock'n'roll. They quite rightly became one of the most influential rock groups of the time.

The Band's memorable final performance in San Francisco was in 1976. The Last Waltz featured, among other legends, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Joni Mitchell. The concert was documented by film director Martin Scorsese. During the The Last Waltz the humble Neil Young famously said: “Hey, Rob, thanks for letting me do this.” And guitarist of the Band Robbie Robertson replied: “Shit! Are you kidding?”. They were both honoured to be on stage together, and the Band kept on playing for hours, as if they would never wanted to stop.