DENNIS HOPPER | THE LOST ALBUM | IN LONDON
“I never made a cent from these photos. They cost me money but kept me alive. I started at eighteen taking pictures. I stopped at thirty-one. These represent the years from twenty-five to thirty-one, 1961 to 1967. I didn’t crop my photos. They are full frame natural light Tri-X. I went under contract at Warner Brothers at eighteen. I directed Easy Rider at thirty-one. I married Brooke at twenty-five and got a good camera and could afford to take pictures and print them. They were the only creative outlet I had for these years until Easy Rider. I never carried a camera again.”
Currently exhibiting at the Royal College of Art is the photographic display The Lost Album, by Dennis Hopper. Until the 19th of October, visitors are invited into a time-warp, seen exactly through Hopper’s eyes and captured through his admittedly shy, yet curious personality and adventurous spirit.
400 vintage prints are exhibited, with each documenting a different period in America in the 1960s. The hippies, Hell’s Angels, the street life of Harlem, the Civil Rights movement and the fascinating landscapes of the East and West coast of America.
Originally exhibited in 1969-1970 at the Fort Worth Art Centre Museum, the collection of photographs was only discovered months after Hopper’s death, which were hidden away in his family home. Boxed up perfectly, with a whole exhibitions-worth of material in the one box, the find was to change the way the public perceive the creative, that is Dennis Hopper, forever.
Documenting momentous movements in American history, Hopper also captured his friends in the lens. Other creatives he resonated with, such as Paul Newman, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Irving Blumm.
Dennis Hopper was without a doubt, one of the most truly free-spirited individual personalities of our time. His exhibited photographs are a perfect example of his unbound creativity and ability to use any outlet for this.
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album
The Royal Academy of Arts London | 26 June – 19 October 2014
Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and Jeff Goodman, 1963
Photograph, 17.25 x 24.74cm
Martin Luther King. Jr., 1965
Photograph, 23.37 x 34.29cm
Irving Blumm and Penny Moffitt, 1964
Photograph, 16.69 x 24.92cm
Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim at Their Wedding in Las Vegas, 1965
Photograph, 17.02 x 24.87cm
Double Standard, 1961
Photograph, 17.45 x 24.87cm
All images The Hopper Art Trust © Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET
Opening Times: Saturday – Thursday 10am-6pm Friday 10am-10pm