- “It’s an extraordinary book, almost paparazzi in its feel, yet way too artistic for that genre.”
- “A chance to pay tribute to Hopper’s astonishing eye as a photographer.”
- “Cet imposant recueil d'images est le miroir d'un parcours protéiforme, dont la plus remarquable leçon pourrait bien être que le temps, chez Hopper, jamais n'a attenté à la valeur du talent.”
- “Easy photographer. ...Tous ces clichés font office de journal intime d'un acteur et d'un homme fascinant. Mais ils révèlent aussi un photographe sensible et surdoué. Des images réunies avec l'aide du grand galeriste new-yorkais Tony Shafrazi. Un monument.”
- “Marvelous in many ways, the publication also gives concrete meaning to the notion of a book as "a valuable addition to your library.”
- “Un somptueux volume réunissant les photographies de Dennis Hopper, images saisies, pour la plupart, au cœur même de l'effervescence des années 60... Un ouvrage de référence, à la mesure de l'artiste.”
- “Un livre-événement... Précieux... Hopper était au centre du monde et du cool. Et il documentait l'époque. En noir et en blanc, of course... Un ouvrage qui rassemble ces élégants clichés, signés de l'artiste.”
- “...an extensive book that lends insight into his images and subjects.”
- “He seemed to have his Nikon with him all the time, on sets, in galleries, at recording sessions. Now a selection of those wonderful, evocative photographs, many of them never seen before, is to be published in a limited edition book, Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967. The photographs show such a rich and fulfilling life.”
- “...a visual side of Hopper that rivals his greatest motion-picture feats.”
Dennis Hopper. Photographs 1961–1967Edition of 1,500Hardcover in clamshell box, 13.0 x 17.3 in., 21.85 lb, 546 pages3000Edition: English, French, German
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Limited Collector’s Edition of 1,500 copies
Dennis Hopper. Photographs 1961–19673000
Hopper, Dennis Hopper
A reluctant icon captures a decade of cultural transformation
From a selection of photographs compiled by Hopper and gallerist Tony Shafrazi—more than a third of them previously unpublished—this Collector’s Edition distills the essence of Hopper’s prodigious photographic career, documenting the likes of Tina Turner in the studio, Andy Warhol at his first West Coast show, Paul Newman on set, and Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
In many ways this work is photography as film, a poignant narrative expressed through a series of stark images—early shots of Tijuana bullfights, LA happenings, and urban street scenes show an experimental freedom that would translate into the vivid cinematic imagery of Easy Rider and beyond.
The images are accompanied by introductory essays from Tony Shafrazi and legendary West Coast art pioneer Walter Hopps, as well as an extensive biography by journalist Jessica Hundley. With excerpts from Victor Bockris’s interviews of Hopper’s famous subjects, friends, and family, this is an unprecedented exploration of the life and mind of one of America’s most fascinating personalities.
Collector’s Edition of 1,500 numbered copies, each signed by the photographer
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 cowrote, 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 35 mm 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.
The contributing authors
Jessica Hundley is an author, filmmaker and journalist. She has written for the likes of Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, and has authored books on artists including Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, and Gram Parsons. Hundley often explores the counterculture in her work, with a focus on metaphysics, psychedelia, and magic.
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. Cofounder 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.
The editor and author
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 to 1978, 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 1980s 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?”
Dennis Hopper. Photographs 1961–1967Edition of 1,500Hardcover in clamshell box, 33 x 44 cm, 9.91 kg, 546 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-0057-9Edition: English, French, German
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