Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dennis Hopper: Photographer

Photo by Alan Light

There’s no denying that Dennis Hopper was an incredible actor. Anyone who saw him in films like Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, and True Romance can tell you there was no one else like him. But many people don’t know that the actor, who succumbed to cancer on May 29 at the age of 74, left an artistic legacy that stretched far beyond the silver screen.

In fact, Hopper was a world-class artist. As a tribute to the late movie star, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles recently mounted an exhibition of his paintings, sculptures, and photographs. All of the work, which spans 50 years of Hopper’s life, is impressive. But to us, the highlight of the show is his photographs—crisp, clean, black and white images, which usually feature famous friends like Bill Cosby and Jane Fonda.

The exhibit runs at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on 152 North Central Avenue in Los Angeles through September 26. For those of you who aren’t in the L.A. area, you can check out a slideshow of some of Hopper’s shots at

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