ACHOF Breaking News Update for
January 22, 2021
By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com
With most of us finding ourselves stuck indoors while we fight off the pandemic we’re all suffering under, I found a couple of things that might occupy some of your time and one time-sensitive print sale that you might want to look at if print-giving is something you’d like to do this coming Valentine’s Day:
a) Photographer Elliott Landy having a special Valentine’s Day sale featuring 16 of his famous “infrared” photos, including images of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Band, bluesman John Lee Hooker and jazz greats Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler – 25% off regular prices, with prints beginning at $325.00 (cheap!).
According to Elliott – “I consider this body of Infrared photos to be amongst my best work from the Sixties. The prints on sale were shot on Infrared Color Film in the late Sixties, except for the ones of Janis Joplin and Richard Manuel in performance, which share the same “visual vibration” – the feeling – of the infrareds.
Aero Infrared color film was developed by the military for surveillance purposes. In the late 60s, some photographers began to use Kodak Aero Infrared film for artistic effect. It was sensitive to invisible infrared light (heat) as well as visible light. When you used it, you could not be sure what it was going to look like since the exposure depended on the amount of infrared light present and it was not practical to accurately measure it. Using it was trial and error. To capitalize on the unreal colors, I used colored filters. Using a yellow filter gave one type of effect and a green another. However, it was impossible to know what the photo would look like, which is what made it interesting for me. The elements of chance and randomness made it more fun.
On the other hand, using it was a pain. Infrared light focuses differently than visible light so I had to adjust the focus manually according to distance rather than just looking through the viewfinder while turning the lens barrel. In addition, I was holding a colored filter in front of the lens. Since the film was extremely sensitive, you had to load it in darkness, or the beginning of the roll would be fogged by infrared light seeping through the camera’s normal light baffles.”
All of these fine art prints are produced in his studio and are printed with archival inks on the finest quality 310 gsm heavyweight fine art acid free, archival papers. All prints are signed on the front, under the image, by the talented Mr. Landy, with the date the image was printed stamped on the back.
While sale prices are good through Feb. 15th, if you’d like to have your prints in-hand in time for Valentine’s Day giving, orders should be placed no later than January 31st.
b) I’ve been intrigued by the ongoing series of videos found on YouTube’s NEWHD channel under the series title of Designing for Music, a project conceived and curated by the immensely talented design duo of Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz (who are credited on packages for clients including Bon Jovi, Ramones, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, the Velvet Underground and many others) featuring commentary by veteran radio personality Zach Martin and musician/producer/actor/writer Patrick Bamburak.
Uploaded this past week was a “Designing for Music special” featuring the appearance of Stylorouge’s Rob O’Connor, principal of the award-winning U.K.-based design studio who, over the years, has created memorable album art for music industry clients including a-ha, Blur, The Cure, Robert Fripp, Jesus Jones, Pretenders, Rolling Stones, Siouxsite & The Banshees and many others.
Rob and his Stylorouge team were also profiled in the Drate/Salavetz-penned 1992 book Designing for Music, so this video reunion (approx.. 94 minutes in length) and deep-dive into Rob’s catalog should be just the thing album art fans were looking for this weekend.
c) Album cover film project update – Several years ago, I’d corresponded with art director Kevin Hosmann about a project he was starting that, as a fan of album cover art, I felt would be essential viewing for any fan of the medium as, like the ACHOF, the focus of the film – simply titled THE ALBUM – would be on the PEOPLE that create these memorable images (versus just the images themselves). I was fortunate enough to be able to see some of the rough cuts of interviews he’d done to that point and just those brief samples were enough to convince me that the finished product would be one that would do a lot to bring the stories of both these talented people and the images they’ve created to fans eager for that knowledge, and so I’m happy to say that Kevin recently finished the film and is now looking for distribution and so, with any luck, we’ll all be able to enjoy the fruits of his work sometime in the near future.
Here’s how Kevin describes the film – “THE ALBUM is an independently produced documentary about the record industry, told from the perspective of the art department. With over 40 interviews covering three generations of work, top creators of their day talk about the development of the art synonymous with the music you know and love. From Abbey Road, Hotel California, and Dark Side of the Moon to Breakfast in America and Nirvana’s Nevermind, you’ll hear the stories behind the most memorable art in music history. These art directors and photographers shaped pop culture of their day and reflect on the delicate balance between art and commerce, rebellion and status quo, and the consequences of digital disruption.”
The interviewees you’ll meet include (in order of appearance) – Neal Preston, Mick Haggerty, Bob Merlis, John Kosh, Roger Dean, Ernie Cefalu, John Van Hamersveld, Chuck Beeson, Henry Diltz, Tom Pope, Jayme Odgers, Craig Braun, Aubrey Powell, Robert Fisher, Tom Nikosey, Jeri Heiden, Tommy Steele, Mike Salisbury, Melanie Nissen, Len Peltier, Lawrence Azerrad, Carl Overr, Jeff Ayeroff, Jeff Gold, Tim Devine, Richard Frankel, Kevin Hosmann, Bonnie Schiffman, Hugh Brown, Masaki Koike, Joseph Abajian, Abbey Konowitch, Eddie Meehan, Alicia Yaffe, Steve Sheldon, Gavin Taylor, Frank Maddocks, Kenny Gravillis and Adam Parsons.
More to come as information is made available, but pretty-exciting news, no?
That’s all for now – see you soon with the next ACHOF Monthly News Summary.