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The many worlds of Dennis Hopper - A reluctant icon captures a decade of cultural transformation

The many worlds of Dennis Hopper

A reluctant icon captures a decade of cultural transformation

Dennis Hopper. Photographs 1961–1967

Edition of 1,500 + 225 APs
US$ 2,000
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During the 1960s, Dennis Hopper (1936–2010) carried a camera everywhere—on film sets and locations, at parties, in diners, bars and galleries, driving on freeways, and walking in political marches. He photographed movie idols, pop stars, writers, artists, girlfriends, and complete strangers. Along the way he captured some of the most intriguing moments of his generation with a keen and intuitive eye.

From a selection of photographs compiled by Hopper and gallerist Tony Shafrazi—more than a third of them previously unpublished—this Collector’s Edition distills the essence of Hopper’s prodigious photographic career, documenting the likes of Tina Turner in the studio, Andy Warhol at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

Pedro Almodóvar

“Dennis Hopper’s photos represent everyday moments of the American culture, they’re almost like a journal. And they’re taken by one of its protagonists, which means a unique point of view. Hopper was very talented and intuitive.”
Pedro Almodóvar
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt