Dennis Hopper’s documentation of LA’s 1960s art scene

Including Andy Warhol, smiling.

[“][L]ike all artists I want to cheat death a little and contribute something to the next generation,” the late actor, filmmaker and photographer Dennis Hopper once commentated. The (somewhat reluctant) icon changed the face of American cinema in the era-defining Easy Rider in 1967, which he co-write, directed and starred in. During this decade he carried a camera with him everywhere – on film sets, bars and art galleries  – ever-intent on capturing the most intriguing moments of his generation. Finally back in print in a new edition, Dennis Hopper. Photographs 1961-1967, capture the essence of his impactful images during the shift from Golden Age to New Hollywood; including Andy Warhol at his first West Coast show to complete strangers hanging out in a bar in downtown LA…

Bruce Conner (in tub), Toni Basil, Teri Garr and Ann Marshall, 1965

Andy Warhol (with flower), 1963

Jane Fonda (with bow and arrow), 1965

"Biker Couple," 1961/2009 (Photographic print from the Art Edition (11 x 14), limited to 100 copies)


Dennis Hopper. Photographs 1961-1967 is published by TASCHEN, £45, available 25th February