If you have a copy of our Print Isn’t Dead Element 003 magazine, then you will already be aware of Imperial Pictures Publishing after reading the interview with Art Director Amy Hood featuring their cinematic styled publication ‘Bang!’. Since then they have released a new publication Photo Book titled ‘Opening Night’, featuring the work of acclaimed photographer Elliott Landy, and it’s a beauty.
Presenting you with never-before-seen images of Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Marlene Dietrich, Dustin Hoffman, and more, the 68-page volume offers a rare glimpse into the star culture of the 1960s. But these aren’t your typical Hollywood glamour shots.
Elliott Landy is best known for his iconic photographs of rockers like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin having spent roughly six months in 1968 attending glitzy press events in New York City. These swanky soirees were a far cry from the East Village rock shows and anti-war protests he was used to shooting, and the images he captured are both intimate and awkward—unposed yet wonderfully framed.
Opening Night showcases the complex beauty of classic American iconography. There’s sadness in Liz Taylor’s eyes, coolness in the sunglass-masked stare of Warhol girl Tiger Morse, and infectious vivacity emanating from smiling Pearl Bailey—and that’s just the beginning.
This duotone, perfect bound, limited edition photo book is now available to purchase from Imperial Pictures Publishing’s online store, and with only 1000 copies you need to move fast if you want to catch a glimpse into the previously unseen side of Hollywood.