From the RA “Dennis Hopper carved out a place in Hollywood history, with roles in classic films like Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, True Romance and Easy Rider. He is less well known, though no less respected, for his work as a photographer. These vintage photographs, once described as ‘small movies,’ lay hidden in boxes until their discovery after his death in 2010.
This exhibition brings together over 400 images, taken during one of the most creative periods of his life in the 1960s. Every image you’ll see was chosen by Hopper himself for his first major exhibition in 1970 and is the vintage print he produced for that occasion. This was a decade of huge social and political change, and Hopper was at the eye of the storm. With his camera trained on the world around him he captured Hell’s Angels and hippies, the street life of Harlem, the Civil Rights movement and the urban landscapes of East and West coast America.
He also shot some of the biggest stars of the time from the worlds of art, fashion and music, from Andy Warhol to Paul Newman.
Together, these images are a fascinating personal diary of one of the great countercultural figures of the period and a vivid portrait of 1960s America
Free Lunchtime Lecture – June 30th, 1pm (booking required)
Curator Petra Giloy-Hirtz recounts the remarkable story of the recent discovery of actor and director Dennis Hopper’s archive of photographs from the 1960s. Giloy-Hirtz introduces us to the cultural and political subjects of Hopper’s camera: his circle of actor, artist, musician, and poet friends, his travels and America’s Civil Rights movement.