Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

Dennis Hopper's "Irving Blum and Peggy Moffitt"
Dennis Hopper’s “Irving Blum and Peggy Moffitt” (1964)
(© Dennis Hopper, courtesy of The Hopper Art Trust /

Extract from a review (click across to read in full) – Blouin ArtInfo, Formally Perfect and Utterly Fleeting: Dennis Hopper Photographs at the Royal Academy to October 19, 2014:

“It’s a joy,” [Cartier-Bresson] once explained to me in an interview. “It’s an orgasm. You guess and you’re sure.” The photographer would stalk his prey like a hunter, and when it came into view, in a fraction of a second — that moment of decision — click the shutter. And that was that. Always use black and white; afterwards, no cropping, no retouching. Those were the Cartier-Bresson rules.

It was a hipster’s credo. And Hopper surely was a hipster — in the characters he portrayed as an actor in “Easy Rider,” for instance, or Wim Wender’s “The American Friend,” and also in life. “I’m really from jazz,” Hopper said. “I’m from Abstract Expressionism and jazz.” That is, making formal beauty from improvisation, living in the moment.

Hopper’s photographs came from a circumscribed period in time. The exhibition covers the years from 1961 to 1967, when Hopper was between 25 and 31 years old. “They were the only creative outlet I had for these years until ‘Easy Rider,’” he said, referring to his debut as a director and breakthrough as a star. “I never carried a camera again.”

Beautifully evocative and nostalgic … a la recherche du temps perdu …

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album, The Royal Academy to 19 October 2014. See you there?

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