David Hockney: The Camera Can't Compete


David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971


"We've gotten to the point where we think the camera can capture anything at all," he says wryly, adjusting his polka-dot ascot. "Well, it can't really. The camera can't compete with painting at all. The paintings are much more vivid about the place than photographs are."

...Then he digresses, apparently anticipating my next question. "I never thought painting was dying," he says matter-of-factly. "If painting were were dying, everything would be just photographs, and it can't be that. That would be far, far too dull. People said that they never thought photography would change. But it has changed. So once you realize that photography is changing, it's a very different point of view. Photography is moving back towards painting.

["Into The Woods", Modern Painters, April 2010. Marina Cashdan]