New Photo Book Peeks Inside The Glamour of 1960s Hollywood

Faye Dunaway in a feathery coat; Richard Burton clutching Elizabeth Taylor; Lauren Bacall raising a glass. These are just three of the indelible images included in Opening Night, a new book of photographs by Elliott Landy. Best known for photographing musicians — Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin — Landy spent part of 1968 photographing celebrities at posh happenings in New York City. The result of that flirtation with Hollywood make up this 68-page volume.

“My pictures reflected the aspects of those events that impacted me the most — the falseness and superficiality,” Landy writes in the introduction. “They were a reflection of my inner feelings toward what was happening — a flow of energy, channeled and filtered through my own person.”

Click through for more of Landy's Opening Night photos. (The book is available for purchase at www.imperial-publishing.com.)

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Andy Warhol at a publishing party for his book (NYC, 1968).
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Angie Dickinson, opening night party for Marlene Dietrich's one woman show (NYC, 1968).
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Leonard Bernstein and Barbara Streisand, Lincoln Center (NYC, 1968).
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Britt Ekland, opening night of Camelot (NYC, 1968).
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Elizabeth Taylor, opening night of Dr. Faustus (NYC, 1968).
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Ethel Merman, Cue Magazine Awards (NYC, 1968).
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Faye Dunaway, opening night of Camelot (NYC, 1968).
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Cue Magazine Awards (NYC, 1968).
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Joan Collins, opening night (NYC, 1968).
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Lauren Bacall, Dirk Bogarde (telling Lauren to "smile for the camera") International Film Awards (NYC, 1968).
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Marlene Dietrich emerging from beneath the table, after photographers would not stop shooting her (NYC, 1968).
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Richard Harris, opening night of Camelot (NYC, 1968).
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Sam Spiegel, Film Producer, International Film Awards (NYC, 1968).
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Smile for the camera! Opening night of Tony Rome (NYC, 1968).
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