John Hoppy Hopkins

in memoriam


The British photographer, political activist and video pioneer John Hoppy Hopkins, born on 15 August 1937, died at the age of 77 on 30 January 2015.

«Farewell good friend! You were not only an imaginative photographer and political activist in London‘s underground of the sixties but also a great inspirer of the community and alternative video movement in London and the UK in the seventies. What a whirlwind you were to enthuse artists, squatters, community workers, researchers and teachers for the communicative potential of video in urban movements, social action and education!»

Heinz Nigg

Song of Long Ago



Joe Boyd and Val Wilmer in the Guardian

Rose Troup Buchanan in the Independent

The Telegraph

Matthew Bannister on BBC Radio 4

By Graham Wade.pdf

Videointerviews, 2004-2013

By Heinz Nigg and Andy Porter. Song of Long Ago (upload 10.12.2013)

By Terry Flaxton (upload14.05.2013), a verbatim history of analogue video

By Groove Grove Graphics at LondonPrintStudio (upload 26.08.2010)

By John Cavanagh at Street Level Photoworks (upload 07.10.2009)

By Malcolm Dickson at Street Level Photoworks (upload19.09.2009):

part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4

By Jackie Hatfield for REWIND. Interview on 17.11.2004, together with Sue Hall:

including trancscript of interview, bibliography and videography


Hoppy‘s website

Hoppy‘s photobook From the Hip

International Times: Archive