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.
This book is a revelation. I received it for my birthday from my son and boy do I love it. I have loved Dennis Hopper for forever and a day and will do so until I too breathe my last. His talent knew no boundaries-film, art, photography and I can only guess at his other talents. God in his wisdom protected him in his many extremes and let him continue his life on earth long past the expectations of a man who pushed his life so to the edge. Juat imagine if he had died young? We would have been so much poorer for never knowing the briliance of the man. Je T'Aime Dennis forever and ever.
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.