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Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967 Hardcover – Jan 2011

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Mul edition (Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 383652726X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836527262
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 5.1 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) was an acclaimed artist, actor, screenwriter, and director who first impressed audiences with his performances in Rebel Without A Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). He changed the face of American cinema with Easy Rider (1969), which he co-wrote, directed, and starred in. Hopper went on to act in hundreds of memorable films and television shows, including Apocalypse Now (1979), Blue Velvet (1986), Hoosiers (1986), True Romance (1993), Basquiat (1997), Elegy (2008), and the TV series Crash (2008). Hopper began painting as a child and started taking photos in 1961, after his then wife Brooke Hayward gave him a 35mm Nikon camera for his birthday. His paintings and photography have been exhibited all over the world, including the recent retrospective, "Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood" in Paris. Dennis Hopper passed away May 29, 2010 in Venice, CA. An Englishman who moved to New York in 1973 and became connected to Andy Warhol, the Factory, and Interview, Victor Bockris has written books on Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, Keith Richards, William S. Burroughs, Patti Smith, and Muhammad Ali. Walter Hopps (1933-2005) was one of the premier curators of 20th century art. Co-founder of Los Angeles's Ferus Gallery and director of the Pasadena Museum of Art, he was responsible for the first retrospectives of Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, and Marcel Duchamp. A key advocate of American Pop art, his 1962 survey "New Painting of Common Objects" was the first of its kind. After directing the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, he went on to build the Menil Collection museum in Houston and became its founding director in 1987. A filmmaker and frequently published art, music and film journalist, Jessica Hundley has directed several documentaries and recently completed her second book, a biography of country-rock legend Gram Parsons. Born in Abadan, Iran, to Armenian parents, Tony Shafrazi was educated in England from age 13, graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1967. Moving to New York in 1969, he exhibited as a conceptual artist throughout Europe and New York. From 1974-78, he advised and helped build an outstanding collection for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran. In 1979, he opened his New York gallery, introducing groundbreaking American artists of the '80s including Haring, Basquiat, Scharf, Brown, and Baechler, while exhibiting masters of the '60s: Warhol, Ruscha, and Hopper. From 1990, he exhibited the work of Brian Clarke, Patrick Demarchelier, Robert Williams, Michael Ray Charles, and David LaChapelle. Since 1997 he has represented the Estate of Francis Bacon, and continues to mount museum-quality exhibitions, most recently the critically acclaimed "Who's Afraid of Jasper Johns?"

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bob Barker on 22 Mar. 2011
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I first came across Dennis Hoppers Photography when one of his shots was used on The Smiths Best of Album cover. He's more than a one trick pony and this retrospective covers his period of 1961-1967 in glorious A3 sized print of approx 540 pages (it's a heavy affair). He was a bit of a scenester and it appears he was never without a camera; he had a great eye, not just for the circles he frequented but 60's Americana. There is Black and White alongside colour photos. This edition also covers an updated Filmography of his work as Director, Writer and Actor with text from the man himself, Walter Hopps, Victor Bockris and Jessica Hundley, making it more than a Coffee Table Book but an intellectual text covering one of the many aspects of the great man's life as Artist, Actor, Writer and Photographer of skill with a great eye for detail. This book will no doubt go on to document another aspect of his varied, skilled life, but more so document a period in America History seen from someone who was at times at loggerheads with authority and had no one but himself to please. A worthy investment to those who still buy books in analogue form, but you might want to reinforce those shelves; this is a monster of a book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Ross on 7 Jun. 2011
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Most of us know Dennis Hopper as the actor who was in Easy Rider and Blue Velvet, but for most of his career he was also a keen photographer.
At age 18, Hopper acted alongside James Dean in Rebel without a Cause, and it was Dean who encouraged Hopper to take up photography.

In this book we are treated to a collection of pictures of some of the pop culture movers and shakers of the 1960's. Martin Luther King, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsburg, Andy Warhol, and the Grateful Dead all appear in this book.
There a photos of Ike and Tina Turner in the recording studio, John Wayne and James Dean on set, Jane Fonda at the beach, and Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein in his studio.

With a movie-acting career that spanned 5 decades, Hopper's acting roles were diverse, and saw him playing everything from a Nazi on the Twilight Zone, to a hippy biker in the cult movie Easy Rider. He also was a screenwriter and director.

As well as over 400 photos, there is an introductory essay by friend and gallery curator Tony Shafrazi, a complete biography of Hopper's acting and directorial roles, and quotes from interviews with Hopper's famous subjects and friends. We get to see inside the life and work of a fascinating American personality.
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By richardjfrancis on 13 Dec. 2014
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On the road America in the raw..
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