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David Hockney Photo History

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Nick Napierala

on 29 June 2013

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Transcript of David Hockney Photo History

David Hockney
Painter and Photographer
He was born in Bradford, England on July 9, 1937.
He traveled to New York for the first time in 1961, and he moved to Santa Monica California soon after.
He was invited to teach at the University of Iowa in 1964.
He generally did more painting than photography, but used photography and ideas about light to help with his paintings.
In the 80's, he began doing the photo collages that he's known for.
"Bio - David Hockney." Bio - David Hockney. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2012. <http://davidhockney.com/bio.shtml>.

"DAVID HOCKNEY : PHOTOS / COLLAGES." DAVID HOCKNEY : PHOTOS / COLLAGES. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2012. <http://hockneypictures.com/works_photos.php>.

Hockney, David. Celia's Children Albert & George Clark. 1982. Photograph. N.p.

Hockney, David. Merced River. 1982. Photograph. Yosemite Valley.

Hockney, David. Prehistoric Museum Near Palm Springs. 1982. Photograph. Florida.

Hockney, David. Still Life Blue Guitar. 1982. Photograph. N.p.

Hockney, David. Telephone Phone. 1982. Photograph. N.p.
Compare and contrast

Hockney's work increasingly became
influenced by Picasso, Hockney liked
Picasso's ability to work Spontaneously
and quickly. Each subject in his paintings
was painted at a different angle, grabbing
the viewers attention and paying homage to
Picassos' Cubist Style. These ideas also transfered into his photo collages of the 1980's.
Question: What makes Hockney's photo
collages different than a traditional photograph?
Hockney's creation of the "joiners" occurred accidentally. He noticed in the late sixties that photographers were using cameras with wide-angle lenses to take pictures. He did not like such photographs because they always came out somewhat distorted. He was working on a painting of a living room and terrace in Los Angeles. He took Polaroid shots of the living room and glued them together, not intending for them to be a composition on their own. Upon looking at the final composition, he realized it created a narrative, as if the viewer was moving through the room. He began to work more and more with photography after this discovery and even stopped painting for a period of time to exclusively pursue this new style of photography.
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