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'Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album' buoyed by photos with cinematic insight

'Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album' buoyed by photos with cinematic insight

“I shoot a lot of crap,” Dennis Hopper once said of his photographs, most of which date from the early to mid-1960s, the period when the difficult actor, often unemployed, most avidly wielded a still camera.

Ample evidence is offered in an exhibition of unearthed pictures that apparently have not been seen in the U.S. for nearly 50 years. (Hopper died in 2010, and the work was shown in London in 2014.) Yet, it also shows why Hopper’s photographs are worth looking at.

Sorting through the more than 375 images in “Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album” at Michael Kohn Gallery, mundane if sometimes useful documents of their time and place are peppered with photographs that...

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