|Dennis Hopper, Double Standard, 1961|
I loved Dennis Hopper for his roles as the terrifying Frank Booth in David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) and 'the photojournalist' in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979); now I love him as a photographer, too. Double Standard (above) is, to my mind, up there with the work of my very favourite photographers such as Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. 'The Lost Album' is a body of work made in the 1960s which, until recently, hadn't been exhibited since 1970. Hopper was right in the thick of 60s counter-culture mixing with the stars of Pop Art and pop music: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane; it was the time, too, of hippies, Hell's Angels, Civil Rights and, of course, the film Hopper starred in and directed: Easy Rider (1969).
A great (if scary) man. He made some great photographs.
Read articles by Geoff Dyer, Sean O'Hagan, and Francis Hodgson; watch a short video presented by the curator of the exhibition.
|Dennis Hopper, Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and Jeff Goodman, 1963|
|Dennis Hopper, Ed Ruscha, 1964|
|Dennis Hopper, Effaced Double Poster, 1961|
|Dennis Hopper, Bad Heart, 1961|
|Dennis Hopper, Billboard, Los Angeles, 1964|
|Dennis Hopper, Downtown, Los Angeles (Comer & Doran), 1965|
|Dennis Hopper, New York City, 1961|
|Dennis Hopper, Los Angeles, 1964|
|Dennis Hopper, Harlem (Daily News), 1962|