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A Collection Of Dennis Hopper Photos From The 60s To Go On Exhibit In Berlin
September 19, 2012
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Now, this is an exhibit we'd love to check out. More than 400 photographs, taken by the late Dennis Hopper in the 1960s.

The photos are black and white and were taken between 1961 and 1967, when Hopper was an outcast in Hollywood and before he directed the film 'Easy Rider.'

His daughter Marin found them in some boxes a couple of years ago, as his family was clearing out his house after he died.

The exhibition is called "Dennis Hopper - The Lost Album."

Many of the photos document the civil rights movement and the arts scene in the United States at the time.

There's a collection of pictures from the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

There are portraits of Hopper's family and friends, as well as many famous artists and performers including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown and 'Easy Rider' co-star Peter Fonda.

There are also photos of hippies and Hell's Angels; a sequence of shots from a bullfight in Mexico; and a series of abstract photos.

Hopper's children say it gives you a real idea of his youth. "I really felt that it was like having a conversation with him," his daughter Marin told The Associated Press. "It is a very intimate portrayal of his thought process as an artist."

Hopper actually selected the pictures for an exhibition in Texas in 1970, and then put them into storage. Curators at the museum which is organizing the exhibit have tried to put them together in the same way as the original 1970 show.

The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow and runs until December 17th.

As one curator put it, "We always see Dennis Hopper as an enfant terrible, someone who was always crazy, but he took his photographic work very, very seriously."

During his career, Hopper was nominated twice for Academy Awards.

He started out in the 50s with roles in two James Dean films, including 'Rebel Without A Cause'. But along the way, Hopper developed a reputation for being difficult to deal with and he got hooked on drugs. Eventually, he made 'Easy Rider' which re-established his career.

He went on to star in such films as 'Apocalypse Now,' 'Blue Velvet,' 'Hoosiers,' 'True Romance,' 'Speed,' and his last role in the animated feature 'Alpha and Omega.'

Check out the original trailer for 'Easy Rider' with Hopper, Fonda and Jack Nicholson.

And here's a clip that shows how much TV has changed. It's Hopper reading a poem on The Johnny Cash in 1970. This, you have to see.

In the early 60s, Hopper also started taking photos for magazines such as Vogue, and did portraits of stars such as Andy Warhol and Jane Fonda.

Many of those images were collected in a book called '1712 North Crescent Heights' which was Hopper's address in the Hollywood Hills in the 60s. It came out in 2001.

Other photos he took were put together in the book 'Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967', which was published last year.

He also designed the cover art for the Ike and Tina Turner single 'River Deep - Mountain High', released in 1966. You can check out the cover here.

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