Photos by the late Dennis Hopper.


The late Dennis Hopper is most fondly remembered for directing and acting in the iconic Easy Rider, arguably his greatest film in a long and successful Hollywood career.
However, he was also a keen photographer and between 1961 and 1967 he documented all that he saw, taking an estimated 18,000 photographs.
This exhibition pulls together well over 100 of these images, which cover his travels within the United States of America and abroad.
Dennis Hopper Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and Jeff Goodman, 1963 The Hopper Art Trust © Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust
The show opens with several images of the celebrities he met and hung around with across the arts, including David Hockney, Paul Newman and Ike and Tina Turner.
Though there are a few well composed shots in this series, they are probably the weakest images in the exhibition.
This had us worried that this would be a very similar exhibition to the recent David Bailey show, but Hopper demonstrates he has a more diverse portfolio.
Dennis Hopper Irving Blum and Peggy Moffitt, 1964 The Hopper Art Trust © Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust
The photographs act as a historical record offering up Martin Luther King speaking, hippie culture, Hell’s Angels and even space exploration viewed through pictures of television screens.
Where Hopper excels is capturing the everyday, such as a homeless man or children playing in slums, contradicting the often rose-tinted view many people hold of the 1960s.
See more via Dennis Hopper’s Photographs At Royal Academy | Londonist.

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