Friday 24 November 2017

The many worlds of Dennis Hopper

THROUGH HOPPER'S LENS: Jane
Fonda with bow and arrow,
1965
THROUGH HOPPER'S LENS: Jane Fonda with bow and arrow, 1965

During the Sixties, Dennis Hopper carried a camera everywhere -- on film sets and locations, at parties, in diners, bars and galleries, driving on freeways and on 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.

A reluctant icon at the epicentre of that decade's cultural upheaval, Hopper, who changed the face of American cinema with Easy Rider (1969), documented the likes of Tina Turner in the studio, Andy Warhol at his first West Coast show, Paul Newman on set and Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

From a selection of photographs compiled by Hopper and gallery owner Tony Shafrazi -- more than a third of them previously unpublished -- this extensive volume distils the essence of Hopper's brilliantly prodigious photographic career.

Also included are introductory essays by Tony Shafrazi and legendary West Coast art pioneer Walter Hopps, and an extensive biography by journalist Jessica Hundley.

With excerpts from Victor Bockris's interviews of Hopper's famous subjects, friends and family, this volume is an unprecedented exploration of the life and mind of one of America's most fascinating and iconic personalities.

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