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Dennis Hopper: Drugstore Camera

Photograph by Dennis Hopper
Photograph by Dennis Hopper

Actor/director Dennis Hopper was also an accomplished painter and photographer. His artwork and photographs have been exhibited in galleries throughout the world. Dennis Hopper’s work includes images of artistic luminaries, leading actors, and legendary musicians, as well as images of the Civil Rights Movement. His works are housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.

A new book of Dennis Hopper’s photographs has been published. According to the publisher, Drugstore Camera contains never before published photographs.

Shot in Taos, New Mexico, where Hopper was based following the production of Easy Rider in the late 60s, the series was taken with disposable cameras and developed in drugstore photo labs. This clothbound collection documents Hopper’s friends and family among the ruins and open vistas of the desert landscape, female nudes in shadowy interiors, road trips to and from his home state of Kansas and impromptu still lifes of discarded objects.

Book Cover - Dennis Hopper: Drugstore Camera

Drugstore Camera is edited by photographer Michael Schmelling, and it includes an introduction by Dennis Hopper’s daughter Marin Hopper. Marin Hopper is a handbag designer and she is the trustee of the Dennis Hopper Art Trust.

Previous books of Dennis Hopper’s early photographs, include: 1712 North Crescent Heights: Dennis Hopper Photographs 1962-1968(2001); Dennis Hopper: Photographs, 1961-1967(2009); Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album – Vintage Prints From the Sixties (2012).

Related blog posts:

Photographs by Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album (May 10, 2013)

Dennis Hopper. The Fort Worth 400 in Santa Monica (March 3, 2012)

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