The Lost Album – an exhibition of Dennis Hopper’s photography

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Dennis Hopper’s Lost Album

That Dennis Hopper turned out to have documented his passageway through the great and the good in the sixties is one thing, quite another is that he was also a very good photographer. In fact, although Hopper is nowadays known mainly as the bad-boy actor of the sixties and seventies (once described by a critic as the personification of the lost dreams of the sixties), Hopper in fact couldn’t get acting work for most of the sixties – after starting out in the fifties where he debuted in roles with James Dean, who became a friend. It was after Dean’s death that Hopper aquired a reputation as a difficult and insolent actor – thus he turned to photography and spent most of the decade photographing celebrities, shooting the cover for Vogue on a few occasions, and creating the album cover of the classic Ike and Tina Turner album Mountain Deep – River High. His interest in photography continued through his turbulent career and he ended up with a whole big shoebox full of intimate photographic portraits, which was later released.

Now forty odd years later his work is on show in Berlin in the Martin-Gropius Bau, right round the corner from Potsdamer Platz. I’d have a look if I were you.

Martin Gropius-Bau

Niederkirchnerstr. 7

Entry: 7€, for poor people 4€, under 16 free

Monday 10-7pm, Tuesdays closed, Wed.- Sun. 10-7pm