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Dennis Hopper: In Dreams
Scenes from the Archive
Edited by Michael Schmelling.
Unpublished Dennis Hopper: new light on the 1960s and the actor's unique transit through American history
Dennis Hopper: In Dreams connects Dennis Hopper’s roles as an actor, husband, father and photographer. Editor and designer Michael Schmelling has selected more than 100 photographs from Hopper’s archive (most of them unpublished) for this intimate book, and together they reveal the restless energy and curiosity of Hopper’s eye, as well as his unique place in the culture of 1960s America. An essayistic photobook, In Dreams mostly eschews Hopper’s iconic stand-alone images and instead looks to distill his archive into a connected set of photographs that offer new impressions and stories.
Referencing Roy Orbison’s song by the same name, famously featured in Blue Velvet, In Dreams includes appearances by famous faces such as John Wayne, Peter Fonda and Wallace Berman, which are intimately intertwined with Hopper’s peripatetic life and his daily use of the camera. Hopper was very much an insider—at ease with the celebrities and artists of his day—but this new engagement with his archive shows that, like many photographers, Hopper was also in some ways an outsider, an observer.
Filmmaker, actor and artist Dennis Hopper (1936–2010) first appeared on television in 1954 and spent the next five decades both in front of and behind the camera. As a photographer, his output was particularly concentrated in the 1960s; the Nikon camera his wife Brooke Hayward gifted him hung so prominently around his neck that friends jokingly called him “the tourist.”
Featured image is reproduced from 'Dennis Hopper: In Dreams.'
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The Easy Rider actor-director picked up a camera in 1961 and began a parallel career as a photographer, taking shots on film sets, in diners and out in the landscape, before putting all of his pictures in a vault in the early 70s. A new book, Dennis Hopper: In Dreams publishes more than 100 of them – most of them for the first time – revealing Hopper’s restless energy and curiosity.
The feeling you get from “In Dreams” is not of failure at all but of the dreamlike ecstasy Hopper found in image-making—the realization, as he put it, “that art is everywhere, in every corner that you choose to frame and not just ignore.”
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/20/2019
"Girl with Glass, Paris" (1961–67) is reproduced from Dennis Hopper: In Dreams, a collection of mostly unpublished photographs gathered by Michael Schmelling from a vault that had not been touched since Hopper's painful divorce from actress Brooke Hayward in 1969. "I was trying to forget," Hopper is quoted. "The photographs represented failure to me. A painful parting from [daughter] Marin and Brooke, my art collection, the house that I lived in and the life that I had known for those eight years." Schmelling has created a poetic selection that reads like a dream-memory. continue to blog
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