Photographs 1961-1967 by Dennis Hopper Taschen As an actor, Dennis Hopper always brought something a little extra to his roles. There was a wildness and an originality to almost everything he touched - from the 1950s and 60s, when he skirted the fringes of films such as Giant (1956) and Cool Hand Luke (1967), before he turned Hollywood upside down with Easy Rider (1969) and, much later, was acclaimed for his efforts in Blue Velvet (1986) and Hoosiers (1986). By his own admission, Hopper had moved to Tinsletown from San Diego desperate to make himself a star and he was almost immediately taken under the wing of one of the biggest stars there was back then - or has ever been since. Tagging around with James Dean was how Hopper first really learned how to act, but the experience also had an impact on his life away from film that would last until his death last year, aged 74. Dean was the one who first suggested Hopper pick up a camera, telling the then-18 year old that photography might expand both his career and his creativity. Dean, somehow instinctively, picked up on the fact that here was someone who saw the world around him in a slightly different light. What a piece of advice it turned out to be. For while Hopper's acting career suffered through as many lean times as it had fat, all along he was taking photos of the people and the world that surrounded him. What we are given here are hundreds of them - spread out over more than 500 pages - taken from a period in the 1960s when Hopper was still clawing his way up the Hollywood ladder, a fringe dweller taking in the everyday life of not just Hollywood but of America itself. 'I was at Hollywood's feet,' Hopper writes of the period. 'I always felt like an outsider, desperately wanting to be part of things.' And that's the beauty of these images - it's as though the subjects had no idea Hopper was even there. For the audience the result is an intimate peek inside not just the lives of people we recognise - there's Paul Newman staring straight at us; here's Jane Fonda playfully preparing to become Barbarella - but into the world of America's common masses too. Hopper took part in the civil rights marches led by Dr Martin Luther King Jnr and documented what he saw around him, while the road trips taken reveal the everyday existence eked out in his country's heartland. Hopper helped piece together the collection before his death, along with gallerist Tony Shafrazi, and the photos themselves had been saved way back in the 1970s by curator Walter Hopps, who had spirited them away to safety during one of Hopper's wilder drug-fuelled periods. Packaged together with detailed notes from the man himself, along with Shafrazi, Hopps and others, the tome is cinematic in its scope and a wonderful celebration of the talents of one of Hollywood's lasting enigmas.