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Dennis Hopper Captured The 1960s In This Time Capsule Of America

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“I never made a cent from these photos. They cost me money but kept me alive. I started at eighteen taking pictures. I stopped at thirty-one. These represent the years from twenty-five to thirty-one, 1961 to 1967. I didn’t crop my photos. They are full frame natural light Tri-X. I went under contract to Warner Brothers at eighteen. I directed Easy Rider at thirty-one. I married Brooke at twenty-five and got a good camera and could afford to take pictures and print them. They were the only creative outlet I had for these years until Easy Rider. I never carried a camera again” – Dennis Hopper

 

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We like to pigeonhole people. The question ‘What do you do?’ is a dread one. It seeks to place the person in a trap. We see Dennis Hopper as the quintessential actor, at the peak of his powers in BlueVelvet (1986) and Easy Rider  (1969). But he was much more than that.

“He is actually a really great photographer and he wanted to be remembered as a photographer,” says Hopper’s daughter Marin. “He wanted to be collected seriously and he wanted to be in museum shows.”

These photographs are from the show The Lost Album. Taken between 1961-67, some 400 of the 18,000 pictures were shown publicly in 1970, at the Fort Worth Art Center in Texas. They were forgotten until Marin found them at her late father’s home. She adds: “If you look at them from beginning to end, you feel like you’ve travelled in a time capsule of America.”

 

Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim at their wedding in Las Vegas, 1964

Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim at their wedding in Las Vegas, 1964

 

Beverly Renee on Bed, 1961

Beverly Renee on Bed, 1961

 

Art dealer Irving Blum with model:muse Peggy Moffitt, 1964

Art dealer Irving Blum with model Peggy Moffitt, 1964

 

Jane Fonda (with bow & arrow), Malibu, 1965

Jane Fonda (with bow & arrow), Malibu, 1965

 

Andy Warhol (bottom left) and members of the Factory, 1963

Andy Warhol (bottom left) and members of the Factory, 1963

 

Paul Newman, 1964 Location: Malibu, Ca USA

Paul Newman, 1964
Location: Malibu, Ca USA

 

Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney, and Jeff Goodman, 1963 Location: USA 6.79 x 9.74 inch

Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney, and Jeff Goodman, 1963
Location: USA

 

Artist Ed Ruscha, 1964

Artist Ed Ruscha, 1964

 

Bikers

Bikers

 

Tuesday Weld, 1965

Tuesday Weld, 1965

 

Double Standard, 1961 Location: Los Angeles, Ca USA 6.87 x 9.79 inch

Double Standard, 1961
Location: Los Angeles, Ca USA

 

Bruce Conner (in tub), Toni Basil, Teri Garr, and Ann Marshall, 1965

Bruce Conner (in tub), Toni Basil, Teri Garr, and Ann Marshall, 1965

 

Ike and Tina Turner, 1965

Ike and Tina Turner, 1965

 

Timothy Leary, 1967

Timothy Leary, 1967

 

Self-portrait at porn stand, 1962

Self-portrait at porn stand, 1962

 

Via: GQ, We Made This, Coudal Partners, CellophaneLand, iHeartBerlin, JustBreathe, ParisPhoto, the RDA, EveryDayIShow. Buy Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album by Petra Giloy-Hirtz.