Dennis Hopper - Huffington

Dennis Hopper - Huffington

Dennis Hopper might be best known as a film actor and director but his first love was photography. In the early 1960s he went everywhere with his Nikon around his neck, photographing streetscapes and people who symbolize street culture, whether they were famous or lived on the fringes. He photographed seminal pop artists who broke artistic barriers by making art from street culture, the Hell’s Angels who made their hang out on the street, the Sunset Strip Riots, and Martin Luther King Jr., whom he accompanied on civil rights marches from Montgomery to Selma. The rediscovery of these lost photographs provides an intimate diary of the time, places and people that shaped his rebellious creative spirit.

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Dennis Hopper - Whitewall

Dennis Hopper - Whitewall

"Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album” is currently on view at Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition, on view through September 1, includes 400 photographs taken by the artist in the ‘60s, originally shown at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum in 1970.

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Dennis Hopper - Los Angeles Times

Dennis Hopper - Los Angeles Times

The late actor Dennis Hopper is remembered for a lot of things. There is the volatile hippie he portrayed in “Easy Rider,” the 1969 counterculture classic he also directed. And there’s his depiction of an unhinged Frank Booth in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” in 1986.

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Dennis Hopper - KCRW

Dennis Hopper - KCRW

Dennis Hopper, actor, director and art collector, apparently wanted his legacy to be his photography. From the time his actress wife Brooke Hayward bought him his first Nikon camera, he took thousands of black and white photographs.

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Dennis Hopper - Architectural Digest

Dennis Hopper - Architectural Digest

Dennis Hopper’s The Lost Album, a collection of the late actor’s poignant black-and-white photography on view now at L.A.’s Kohn Gallery through September 1, was made possible by two key actors: his Rebel Without a Causecostar James Dean, who encouraged him to try his hand behind the camera (albeit as a director), and his first wife, Brooke Hayward, who bought him a Nikon mirror flex in 1961.

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Dennis Hopper - LA Weekly

Dennis Hopper - LA Weekly

Before he ruined Sandra Bullock’s commute by strapping a bomb to a city bus; before he maniacally inhaled gas from a plastic mask, morphing into one of David Lynch’s most sadistic, unhinged villains; and before he donned a hippie headband, straddled a custom chopper and rode easy with Peter Fonda across the American West, Dennis Hopper too

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Dennis Hopper - Los Angeles Times

Dennis Hopper - Los Angeles Times

Dennis Hopper, “The Lost Album,” at Kohn Gallery. In addition to being an actor, Hopper was a devoted photographer, who, for a period of 10 years, principally through the ‘60s, carried his camera with him wherever he went. In the process, he captured scenes on the street, celebrities at rest and his artist friends (figures such as Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston).

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Dennis Hopper - Artnet

Dennis Hopper - Artnet

Dennis Hopper’s Lost Album, a trove of photographs taken by the artist and Hollywood star throughout the 1960s, is coming home to Los Angeles, where the entire group of over 400 images will go on display at Kohn Gallery.

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Dennis Hopper - The Wall Street Journal

Dennis Hopper - The Wall Street Journal

Dennis Hopper often talked about his first photography show when he was alive. The exhibition of 400 black-and-white photos, shot between 1961-1967, took place in 1970 at the Fort Worth Art Center in Texas. It was an achievement that remained to him since, despite his prolific acting career, Hopper increasingly wished to be remembered as a photographer by the end of his life.

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Dean Byington - Artillery

Dean Byington - Artillery

Simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar, utopian and dystopian, Dean Byington’s complex canvases are the result of a meticulously refined process that is both digital and analog. Byington begins by collaging photocopies of his own drawings in parallel with fragments from 18th and 19th Century prints. 

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Joe Goode - LALA

Joe Goode in LALA

Dean Byington - KPCC

Dean Byington - KPCC

“I have my impulses,” says the bearded, sturdy painter Dean Byington, gesturing at his nine immense black and white canvases in “Theory of Machines’’ at the Kohn Gallery. Looking at the pictures, you think, “These impulses are deeply sublimated.” 

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Ori Gersht - Guggenheim

From his London studio, artist Ori Gersht describes his practices in analogue and digital photography, filmmaking, and editing, and the environment in which he produces work. He highlights some of his still life works, including Pomegranate and Big Bang, which illuminate the use of particular exposure lengths and pictorial qualities, and which focus on depictions of violence. Gersht also discusses his work in terms of truth, materiality, and abstraction, describing his studio as a personal oasis.

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