Portrait of David Hockney, by Lucian Freud
“Once you can manipulate pictures on a computer you can’t believe them any more. There will be no more Cartier-Bressons.”
- David Hockney (1937 - )
on the death of photography, interview The Observor, 1999
Hockney is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who was an important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. He is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century.
It is Hockney’s belief that painting can do things photography can't, that although everyone used to assume photographs were "true", the digital age has made such a conception of photography obsolete in that people can now change images in any way they want. Correspondingly, painting can express profound insights denied photography.