Dennis Hopper- Actor, Director, Street Photographer

Irving Blum and Peggy Moffitt, 1964

We all know Dennis Hopper as an amazing actor and a talented director, but most people aren’t aware that Hopper once had a passion for photography.

In his younger years Dennis took up photography as a hobby and captured some amazing moments between 1961 and 1967, as he traveled between the coasts and hung out with some rather ecclectic crowds:

Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and Jeff Goodman, 1963

Here's what Dennis had to say about his brief stint as a street photographer:

“I never made a cent from these photos. They cost me money but kept me alive. I started at eighteen taking pictures. I stopped at thirty-one. These represent the years from twenty-five to thirty-one, 1961 to 1967. I didn’t crop my photos. They are full frame natural light Tri-X. I went under contract to Warner Brothers at eighteen. I directed Easy Rider at thirty-one. I married Brooke at twenty-five and got a good camera and could afford to take pictures and print them. They were the only creative outlet I had for these years until Easy Rider. I never carried a camera again.”

Dennis Hopper's "lost album", which was rediscovered after his death in 2010, is being shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until October 19th.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Never? How about "Apocalypse Now"? I wonder if he was really taking pictures and if there are prints? (Scene: Captain Willard arrives at Kurtz' camp.)
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