Photographer Spotlight: Dennis Hopper [VIDEO]
By Michael KurcfeldMay 22, 2014
Marin Hopper, the daughter of Dennis and model-socialite Brooke Hayward, grew up in the 1960s in anointed company from the overlapping Los Angeles scenes of art, movies, fashion and music. And she witnessed first-hand her father’s passion for photographing much of that life, and those future cultural icons as hell-raising youths. On the occasion of last month’s Paris Photo LA tribute exhibition and screening of Hopper’s aptly titled The Last Movie (the last film he would direct), we decided to speak with Ms. Hopper about her father’s work with a still camera. Her testimony was of course less critique than loving reminiscence, including a wonderful anecdote (too long for this video) about the crushing disappointment at age 7 of being refused her first entry into Disneyland because of her father’s hippie-length hair. Hopper didn't just shoot Zeitgeist, he lived it.
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