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September 12, 2012

A Dennis Hopper Photo Exhibit in Berlin

By Erin Schumaker | Art

A Dennis Hopper Photo Exhibit in Berlin
© The Dennis Hopper Trust, Courtesy of The Dennis Hopper Trust

Two years after Dennis Hopper’s death, a carefully curated selection of photographs shot by the iconic actor during the 1960s and '70s will be exhibited in Europe for the first time. “Dennis Hopper—The Lost Album”—showing at Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall in Berlin (September 20 through December 17)—was first installed at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum in 1970. It comprises more than 400 vintage photographs taken by Hopper between 1961 and 1976.

Though Hopper, who rose to fame in the 1960s, is perhaps best known for his role as Billy, a freewheeling motorcycle rider in the 1969 counterculture film Easy Rider, he was also an influential player in the Los Angeles art scene and one of the first collectors of Andy Warhol. After his first wife (actress Brooke Hayward) gave Hopper a camera as a gift, he began photographing everything and everyone around him. An intimate portrait of Paul Newman in 1964 Malibu (pictured here); shots of Andy Warhol lounging on a couch in the Factory; and more politically motivated frames—street life in Harlem, bullfights in Tijuana, Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic march across Alabama from Selma to Montgomery—show Hopper’s knack for capturing even the most well-known figures in unguarded moments. 7 Niederkirchnerstraße; 49-30/254-860; berlinerfestspiele.de.