Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

Royal Academy of Arts, London,  26th June- 19th October 2014

Film Legend Dennis Hopper, who memorably played a demented Vietnam War photojournalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979) . The Naturally gifted photographer, was encouraged to take his photography seriously by James Dean when they worked together in Rebel without a Cause, 1955. Hopper became synonymous with the rebellious spirit of the 1960’s counterculture with his 1969 Easy Rider.

His turbulent life style led him to being blacklisted by Hollywood during the early 60s, it was then that photography became his main creative outlet, he worked at it obsessively, shooting around 18,000 photographs over 6 years.

From Hell’s Angels to the hippies to the Streets of Harlem, he records American culture of the 60s

His photography includes spontaneous and poetic portraits of many cultural creative figures of the time, including Paul Newman, David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Jane Fonda. Playful shots of family and friends contrasted by images of the tensions and darker flashpoints of this decade of upheaval and confrontation including the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery at the heigh of the Civil Rights Movement when Hopper and his camera accompanied Martin Luther King Jr.

Dennis Hopper

La fotografía era un talento nato en Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) el legendario actor que interpreta al inolvidable fotoperiodista demente, en la película de Francis Ford Coppola Apocalipsis Ahora (1979).

Hopper pasa a ser sinónimo del espíritu rebelde de la década de los 60, con su película Buscando mi Destino (1969). Hollywood le pone en la ‘lista negra’ debido al turbulento estilo de vida que lleva. Es entonces cuando Hopper se centra en la fotografía . Toma alrededor de 18.000 fotos en seis años. De los Ángeles del Infierno a los Hippies a las Calles de Harlem, el artista no se salta detalle para dejar grabada en imágenes la cultura americana de los 60.

Retratos espontáneos de figuras creativas de la época, tales como a Paul Newman, David Hockney, Andy Warhol y Jane Fonda. Fotos divertidas que contrastan con las imágenes de las tensiones y conflictos de la era, momentos tales como durante la marcha de Selma a Montgomery, en 1965, en pleno auge del Movimiento de Derechos Civiles, Hopper y su cámara acompañan Martin Luther King Jr.

Dennis Hopper 

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