Dennis Hopper's Camera

In 1961, Dennis Hopper's first wife bought him a camera. Soon the actor — and future director of 1969's Easy Rider — was clicking photos of nearly everything around him. That everything turned out to be Ike and Tina Turner, Goldie Hawn, Civil Rights demonstrators on the road to Montgomery, Alabama, and much, much more.

 Ike and Tina Turner, 1965. 

Ike and Tina Turner, 1965. 

As early as 1970, a museum in Fort Worth, Texas, displayed his images. After his death in 2010, other exhibitions followed, including one at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.

Now comes a collection of Hopper's work from Taschen, a German publisher of arts, film, photography, architecture and erotica books. Titled Dennis Hopper. Photographs 1961 - 1967, the hardcover features many of his best known images. Like a lot of the books printed by Taschen, it's a thick book with a heft price tag ($70) so if you're budget-minded like me, be patient. A less expensive version will likely pop up in a year or two.