Leon Bing, 1966. 

© Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust,

Hopper, who received no formal photographic training, captured the images using a Nikon F and 28mm lens given to him by his future wife Brooke Hayward.

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album will run at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 26 June-19 October 2014.

The archive was found in cardboard boxes at the actor’s home following his death in 2010, aged 74.

It is billed as a ‘personal visual diary and a document of America’s dynamic social and cultural life in the 1960s’.

Jeremy Gilbert, group marketing manager at Nikon UK, which is sponsoring the show, said: ‘Hopper shot some fantastic images that reflected a personal perspective of an interesting period in history.

‘Knowing that Hopper shot his work on a Nikon camera, with no formal training, is truly inspirational and we look forward to celebrating his work with support of the exhibition this summer.’

Hopper’s interest in photography started in the late 1950s, spurred on by fellow actor James Dean.

Hopper is estimated to have taken around 18,000 photos over six years from 1961, after he was ‘blacklisted’ in Hollywood.

Double Stand

ard, 1961

© Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust,


Irving Blum and Peggy Moffitt, 1964

Leon Bing, 1966. Photograph

© Dennis Hopper, courtesy The Hopper Art Trust,