Revealed: The Lost Sixties Photo Album Displaying In The UK For The Very First Time

From Andy Warhol to Jane Fonda, check out the 'lost' Sixties photographs taken by the late actor, Dennis Hopper...

While best known for his roles in Rebel Without A Cause, Blue Velvet and Apocalypse Now, Dennis Hopper wasn’t just one of the finest actors of his generation – he was also a photographer with a unique and extraordinary eye. Before his rise to Hollywood stardom, he captured the spirit of the 1960s in photographs that portray iconic figures including Andy Warhol, Paul Newman and Martin Luther King – and now over 400 of these photos are going on display at the Royal Academy of Arts for the very first time. ‘The Lost Album’ comprises over 400 black and white photographs taken between 1961 – when his first wife Brooke Hayward gave him a Nikon camera for his birthday – and 1967, which were discovered in a closet when his house in LA was cleared after his death in 2010. Hopper said of his photographs, “I wanted to document something. I wanted to leave something that I thought would be a record of it, whether it was Martin Luther King, the hippies, or whether it was the artist” – and that’s exactly what he achieved.

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album runs from 26 June to 25 August. See royalacademy.org.uk.

Photograph: Dennis Hopper, Double Standard, 1961, The Hopper Art Trust © Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust, dennishopper.com

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