These photographs by David Hockney, taken between 1970 and 1975, are scenes from his private life. Each photograph is a window which freezes time. The viewer’s gaze pierces the composition to share the artist’s vision.
David Hockney’s themes at that time are present everywhere: his parents, his friends (Peter, Yves-Marie, Henry Geldzahler,..), the swimming pools (“Steps into water “, “Yves-Marie asleep “…), the delicious still lifes (“Pretty tulips”, “Still life with hats”…), the familiar places (“The Pacific Ocean at Malibu”, “Hollywood window”…). As are many of the touching pictures that comprise a real family album.
In an interview on photography, David Hockney said “Take a camera, look though the viewfinder and frame, that’s to say, make a choice, eliminate… Frame, that is to confront the problems of movement and the notion of time, but above all with the representation of space” By the structured simplicity of his compositions, the artist shares his feelings and brings us closer to his private world. Also, I can’t resist the temptation to leave one of his thoughts: “I think that the world is beautiful, and if we think otherwise, we are the species destined to disappear”.
David Hockney – Galerie 1900-2000, Stand C22
At Paris Photo 2016
From 10th to 13th November 2016