Essay on David Hockney

David Hockney is an English painter/photographer (the most highly publicized British artist since the Second World War) who has moved over to the United States of American (California) to live and work. He started off as a well-known painter in his earlier years but is now concentrating more on his photography work than his painting.

His phenomenal success has been based not only on the flair, wit, and versatility of his work, but also on his colourful personality, which has made him a recognizable figure even to people not particularly interested in art: a film about him entitled A Bigger Splash enjoyed considerable popularity in the commercial cinema.

Hockney started experimenting both with large composite photographs and with works made of paper pulp impregnated with colour – the Paper Pools. From 1982 Hockney explored the use of the camera, making composite images of Polaroid photographs arranged in a rectangular grid. Later he used regular 35-millimetre prints to create photo collages, compiling a ‘complete’ picture from a series of individually photographed details.

The kinds of photos that David Hockney creates have a lot of depth, feeling and emotion, he watches people go about their normal life and he captures moments of it.

A joiner photograph is a series of photos taken one after another focusing on the motion of a subject (person, animal) he takes many pictures of the subject in motion and then arranges them to make like a movie sequence one after another. David Hockney says that joiner photographs have a lot more ‘depth’ compared to rolling film (short film). He likes capturing a single image rather than filming something in motion.

Three other major points about joiner photographs are that it gives emotion, feeling and it gives you thought of to what’s happening in that moment, what the persons feeling or thinking.

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