Dangerous Minds | David Hockney’s Cubist photography

Brussels Bistro Belgium

Brussels Bistro © Sean Hayes

The English painter, David Hockney, never liked stills photography. For him, the medium lacked the ability to record the fluidity of time and space and Hockney considered painting and drawing far superior in this regard. This perceived limitation, however, did not stop Hockney from experimenting with Polaroid and SLR 35mm prints to construct elaborate photo collages – referring to them as “Joiners”. Hockney experimented with photography between 1970 and 1986 but became increasingly frustrated with the limitations of the medium and its ‘one-eyed’ approach, as he called it. He subsequently returned to painting, but left an impressive body of photographic work that was well received by the art world at the time. I’ve posted a link to an article about Hockney’s foray into the photographic world because I have always been interested in the overlapping disciplines of photography and painting; having experimented with photo collages recently (see photo above), using a humble iPhone and the AutoStitch photo app to create dynamic images of everyday scenes. I recommend you try to make photo collages as well – they are fun to do and the results can be quite surprising.

Link to article: Dangerous Minds | David Hockney’s Cubist photography.


Furstenberg Paris © David Hockney

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