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THE LOST ALBUM – DENNIS HOPPER

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

The Lost Album is a series of photos by actor/director Dennis Hopper. This historically significant body of work from the 1960s has not been exhibited in the United States since 1970. Hopper established his reputation as a cult director with Easy Rider, while maintaining his reputation as an edgy character actor with gritty performances in The American Friend, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet and Hoosiers. Before his rise to Hollywood stardom, he captured the establishment-busting spirit of the 1960s in photographs that travel from Los Angeles to Harlem to Tijuana, and which portray iconic figures including Tina Turner, Andy Warhol, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Lost album in its entirety comprises over 400 black and white photographs taken between 1961 and 1967 when his first wife Brooke Hayward gave him a Nikon camera for his birthday. A selection of approximately 200 photographs reveals casual portraits of artistic luminaries, mythic musician as well as stirring images of the Civil Rights Movement. Hopper’s photographs, shot with a Nikon camera and a 28-millimeter lens, are uncropped and produced with available light. His preference for full-frame added to his candid approach, producing poignant images.

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Dennis Hopper – The Lost Album

May 7 – June 22, 2013

Gagosian Gallery – NYC

www.gagosian.com

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