Elliott Landy, the celebrated rock and roll photographer whose portraits grace the covers of both Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and Van Morrison’s Moondance, has created a Kickstarter to fund a book of his photographs of The Band, including a plethora of never-before-seen images. Landy also photographed the cover for The Band’s second, eponymous album and reports to have shot over 8,000 frames of film of the group during the 1960s, only approximately 30 of which have been published to date.
“I wanted to bring my Band photographs to life for many years, I just haven’t had the opportunity,” said Landy in the Kickstarter’s promotional video, “So now with crowdsourcing I could listen to people who are knowledgeable about what the band means, who really care about The Band, who understand the importance of this group and the importance of the visual element to their story and their saga.”
There are two versions of the book: the Regular Edition, which requires a pledge of at least $75, and the Deluxe Limited Edition, which is signed, numbered, includes an exclusive 8×10” print and requires a pledge of at least $400. The Deluxe Limited Edition will also be limited to 500 copies.
While the Kickstarter has already almost doubled its $65,000 goal, Landy warns that fans should continue to reserve copies of the book, as there is a realistic possibility that it will not be reprinted after the campaign is over.