One of the amazing things about Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album
exhibition at the Royal Academy is simply the breadth of subjects
he captured in a relatively short period of time during such a
pertinent decade in America and Mexico history.
The 400 photographs that make up the exhibition, were taken
between 1961-67. Hopper was aged 25-31 years old,
observing the life that surrounded him, and the happenings he chose
to seek out - whether that was Andy Warhol at The Factory, pop
artist Claes Oldenburg with segments of cake sculpture or
photographing Martin Luther King on the marches from Selma to
Montgomery at the height of the African Civil Rights movement.
Or hippie gatherings, Hells Angels and their surprisingly
well-groomed 'molls' and beachside girls in bikinis.
This wide variety of images, gives a fascinating slice of life
in the 60s whilst at times allowing you to forget the actor behind
the camera. And then you are suddenly reminded that it is
Hopper, with initimate access to Hollywood heroes; Paul Newman,
Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim at their wedding in Las Vegas or Ike and
Tina Turner at the piano.
The photographs were first exhibited at The Fort Worth Art
Center in Texas in 1970, after which the collection apparently
disappeared. But amazingly they were found after Hopper died
in 2010, in a box at his home - in surprisingly good nick.
All 400 prints are of a similar size, which is also a reflection
of the time. A pre-Instagram era, when viewers were content
to look at a series of images without needing the lure of visual
So while the modern eye might find it hard to commit to 400
similarly sized black and white images, for those who can, the
rewards are great; an utterly unique slice of 60s culture through
the eyes of a one-off creative.
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album
26 June - 19 October 2014
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ES
The Royal Academy offered all Vanity Fair A-List members
the chance to win a private tour for two of Dennis Hopper: The Lost
Album on Saturday 9th August between
8.30-9.45am (before the gallery opens to the public), 2 nights for
two people in a Classic Suite at Brown's Hotel including breakfast
(Friday 8th, Saturday 9th August), 2 Unlimited Leader's Club
Membership (valid for 1 year, worth $1,200 USD).
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