The Lost Album by Dennis Hopper
Exhibition: Sep. 29 – Dec. 17, 2012
Well-known actor turned photographer, Dennis Hopper‘s lifelong career contains an overwhelming amount of stunning images. His works, which are brazenly political, capture the vitality of American culture in the 1960s. The Lost Album, which is now on display at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, is actually a collection that was previously self-selected by Hopper for a 1970 exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum, Texas. However, the images were stored away afterwards, eventually forgotten. It was not until his recent death in 2010 that the images were rediscovered.
Hopper was a portraitist, capturing for instance Andy Warhol and Jane Fonda. He was fascinated by urban life, finding inspiration in the sultry streets of Harlem and the rapid urbanization of Los Angeles as a modern metropolis. He traveled extensively, exploring the ruggedness of places like Peru and Mexico. Most notably, he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, photographing arguably the greatest political movement in American history.