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DAVID HOCKNEY
[b. 1937] English painter and photographer
Brunelleschi, looking through a hole at a street in florence, makes a depiction of it from a fixed viewpoint.... The photographic process is simply the invention in the 19th century of a chemical substance that could ‘freeze’ the image projected from the hole in the wall, as it were, onto a surface. It was the invention of the chemicals that was new, not the particular way of seeing.... So the photograph is, in a sense, the end of something old, not the beginning of something new. - David Hockney, That's the Way I See It by David Hockney, Nikos Stangos (Editor) , ISBN: 0811814874
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When is the present? When did the past end and the present occur, and when does the future start? Ordinary photography has one way of seeing only, which is fixed, as if there is kind of an objective reality, which simply cannot be. Picasso...knew that every time you look there’s something different. There is so much there but we´re not seeing it, that’s the problem. - David Hockney

I've finally figured out what's wrong with photography. It's a one-eyed man looking through a little 'ole. Now, how much reality can there be in that? - David Hockney

There is nothing wrong with photography, if you don't mind the perspective of a paralysed Cyclops. - David Hockney

One of the things I'm doing in Yorkshire is finding out how difficult it is to learn not to see like cameras, which has had such an effect on us. The camera sees everything at once. We don't. There's a hierarchy. Why do I pick out that thing as opposed to that thing or that thing? - David Hockney

Photography is all right if you don't mind looking at the world from the point of view of a paralysed Cyclops. - David Hockney

Without images how would I know what you see? I don't know what you see. I'll never know, but these flat images are the only things that connect up between us. - David Hockney

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