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David Hockney Interview: Photoshop is Boring

November 15, 2019

(Louisiana channel – David Hockney: Photoshop is boring) [David Hockney] The invention of photography was an invention of chemicals and in a way, chemical photography is now ended. It lasted – what? – 160 years. Now, nobody thought chemical photography would end. Nobody predicts that, do they? It ended – it certainly has ended now. Kodak stopped making fixative about eight years ago, I think. And the fixative was the invention. Daguerre did it his way and in England Fox Talbot, who was playing with cameras, and meaning, seeing these images – and remember, they saw them in colour: you always see them in colour; they were surprised that the photograph was black and white when they first came out – but, he said to Sir John Herschel: “How can I — how can we fix this image?” They could get it on paper, using silver but it didn’t last long. And in fact, sir John Herschel said: “Oh well, if you want to fix it, you need this, this and this” and wrote out the formula for fixative that was still being manufactured till eight years ago. So now, we’ve now moved out of that period. I will point out, I – in 1989, I was invited by Adobe, in Silicon Valley, to the launch of Photoshop. And they invited a few people for various reasons. I tink I was invited because they’d seen the photo collage I’d done of – of Pearblossom Highway. And so they invited me and I went up with my assistant, Richard. And I took my dogs as well. They said – I saw it – there are two things they don’t like in Silicon Valley: smokers and dogs. I said “Well, you got to lump it, I’m here and you’ll have to do it.” But they were showing as well – we tried things And when we were driving back to LA, I said “Wow, that was all about drawing and it’s the end of chemical photography.” Because you can’t do this with chemical photography. It has to be digital for the Photoshop. And I was a bit early, but nevertheless, I could see that’s what was coming. The one-hour Photomat place was going to disappear – that’s what I had been using, things like that. And it has implications that I began to see. They’ve got bigger, they’re still there now, they’re getting bigger. In a way, I mean to say, useful thing, Photoshop but I think it has made a lot of magazines look very similar, rather boring. It polishes photography, they put the highlights in, take them blemishes away, I mean that sort of thing, love it in Hollywood, they all touch up things. But I mean, it’s also causing a kind of stale look – to me, anyway, to me. But that’s why, if you need, you know, even fashion magazines, thirty years ago, would have quite a lot of drawings in them so you got a different thing as you looked through pages. But not many people draw now, so it’s all photography and I think, getting more and more boring because of it, I think. I mean, I was – we were just in the Picasso show here, you know. I was looking at that owl, that marvellous owl and today, I pointed out, well, some people just stuff a real owl and put it in a case. It’s not that interesting. And I was explaining to my young friend why Picasso’s is so marvellous is It isn’t an owl, it’s a human being looking at an owl. It’s an account of a human being looking at an owl. So that’s what thrills us. There is more owlness there than in the stuffed owl. If you find a way to solve something – I was talking about the Spring, you know, I’m working on that now in England and how would you depict the arrival of Spring? The arrival of Spring is too slow for a movie to catch it. It moves too – it moves, but it moves too slowly for the movie camera. And it’s also not that easy to photograph because the very first signs of it is so subtle the camera doesn’t see them that well. But if the human eye sees it, you can exaggerate a little the first little green shoots coming up, you emphasize the green. The cameras can’t – they’re not that good on colour, really, I mean, they don’t see the subtle colours at all, actually. It’s OK, you know, on a beach, colour photography but with greens, it’s not that good, really, even today it’s not. Even, I mean, when we use nine cameras, and therefore we could use different exposures on each one, we didn’t get a bigger range of greens. I know that, I mean I know about, I know about technical things, about film and things. But it’s a – peop– you know, not much is written often about these technical problems they’re technical problems. You can overcome them but if you’re not taught about them much, some people forget that they are problems and how they have to be sorted out. I’ve been dealing with the Winter in East Yorkshire. It’s a climate, just like this really, just over the water. It’s a very similar climate, very similar horticulture and agriculture I mean, the Spring is just beginning here, isn’t it? It’s just beginning there. And – but of course, you don’t get Spring in Southern California, not big anyway – and I found there was more colour in the Winter, that the road, this little road, is darkest of all at the height of Summer because all the leaves of – come over it, it’s like a tunnel and it’s darker in it. But I mean, you get in light coming in. But that’s its darkest. It’s at its lightest in the Winter if it snows, because you get reflection from the ground. And we filmed it with nine cameras, I’m drawing it all the time as well. My local doctor we’re friendly with, you know, because she is a pai– an amateur painter, and she comes to the studio and I’m showing her the pictures. And then we showed her the films. And she said: “God, I’ve never looked at this little street!” And she said, next time she came, she said: “You inspired us, David. We drove down and took a long walk, a darned long walk after watching your films and those things.” And I said: “Well, it’s a lovely, it’s a – I’ll tell you what’s very nice about there: it’s a very, rather isolated bit of England. It’s very isolated partly because there’s a wide river, the Humber, to the South and there are not many people there, not many people live there, it’s agricultural, great one agricultural land so they don’t build on it much. Not many people. And we can – we painted in it, filmed in it, nobody’s – nobody there to stop you. In L.A.! Oh, if you got out a camera in a car, you’d have had to get permits, you’d have to get police riding to protect you, install lines [check] Hollywood cops and things. But in East Yorkshire, we come, we do it, nobody bothers us, We’re hanging on jeeps, you know. I mean, actually, once JP and I, we were going out painting with our canvasses and you never see anybody out there, and suddenly, aboard a Toyota truck four policemen jump out and we got a ticket: we hadn’t put our seat belts on. And OK, we were just not going far [check], we were going to get out the canvas. [check] And so we got the tickets. One of the policemen is looking out of the window to me and saying “You got to have the seatbelt, death is lurking everywhere.” Well, I’m looking out of the window and I mean, I mean at leaves coming on the trees, the spring is coming out, and I say: “Well, you know, life is lurking everywhere as well!” [laughs] Anyway, we got the tickets, we might put them in the exhibition, actually. But we were going to paint, you know, set up six canvasses. Well, if they saw us with these cameras, we’d have been taken out to jail, probably, I mean because we were hanging on. But we’re not going very f– I mean, we were going, you know, 10 miles an hour. They’d leave it alone, probably, but it was amusing that we got the ticket for the seatbelts. I did tell them that I was not particularly into bondage, me: I’m not, actually. I don’t like the seatbelts. [laughs] A lot of people are into bondage — I don’t like — and it’s OK: good fun, sometimes. (Louisiana channel) (Supported by Nordea Funden) ( ((c) LOUISIANA)


  • Reply tagzee February 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    nice, I film the process of my art

  • Reply burnsof toboggan May 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    he's very good at this sort of thing

  • Reply Sergio Lobato September 9, 2013 at 4:10 am

    This is the sound of a dinosaur as it slowly sinks into a tar pit….

  • Reply Clara Copley September 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Hahaha the last comment is so true

  • Reply Clara Copley September 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I can understand his point but there's no doubt that chemicals were damaging and poisoning our eco system. The evolution of technology can't be stop. Picasso was a painter not a photographer and you can't compare a photograph with a painting, their origins are different.

  • Reply Andre Alt October 1, 2013 at 8:50 am


  • Reply Brosky999 October 10, 2013 at 4:58 am

    photographers are not artists. they try to be, but they have no talent. they are full of themselves and try to push their beliefs on everyone else. they are not making anything new, they simply take a picture, that is it. a true artist can create from nothing and make something. to any photographer I offended, good. find another name for yourself. artist is reserved for real artists.

  • Reply Odie Oni October 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    seriously I defy you to define what an 'artist' is. If you've check'd out the 'Secret Knowledge' documentary you'll have seen how the old masters traced over projections. That is basically a step away from photography. Yes taking moody black and white photos of a lawn chair doesn't make you an artist but neither does reproducing a masterpiece stroke for stroke because you've added nothing new… Or does it? that is the eternal question… Also not a photographer btw

  • Reply Brosky999 October 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    check it out, this is just my belief. whether you agree with me or not, this is how I feel. have a nice day.

  • Reply Yatukih001 October 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Disagreed respectfully. Photography is like business. If great business can be great art so can photography.

  • Reply Ariana Lum December 29, 2013 at 2:02 am

    i agree! 100%

  • Reply Sergio Lobato February 12, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Photoshop boring? Hockney is boring…..

  • Reply Kez Dearmer February 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    He's incredible

  • Reply h.thomas ackermann March 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    is he drunk ?

  • Reply h.thomas ackermann March 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Hockney is Boring !!

  • Reply Gökçen Cabadan March 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Photographic representations and modifications  are very bad now. I was never interested in Vermeer until I see the his original work. Most of  contemporary hyperrealistic artworks have so poor colour values because they use digital photography as a start and destination point . I don't understand why these people are painting 🙂 

  • Reply KennEH March 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Quick tip; Hockney never outright called Photoshop boring. Watch the video before you make the assumption the title is accurate.

  • Reply Acquavallo March 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Kodak never stopped making fixative. They went through a phase where they thought they would have to stop production of FILM, not fixative. But they're back on their feet and producing film once again.
    He might be a dick about photography and its place in the world, but he is right about the boring, stale look of magazine from photoshop now. And that there are still still a few technical problem, but that just leaves room for improvement and proves how alive photography is.

  • Reply James Middleton July 20, 2014 at 11:23 am

    @drcroc2 but what's more difficult? Trying to make something interesting out of something that already exists, or something that doesn't?

  • Reply Fast N Bulbous July 30, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Not sure where he got the idea that fixer chemicals aren't available anymore. It is readily available online and in photo stores and still manufactured by both Ilford and Kodak.

  • Reply Wenceslao Futanaki August 2, 2014 at 3:19 am

    David Donckey is boring

  • Reply Cornelia Caruntu August 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    David Hockney

  • Reply Gregory Whoee October 6, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Completely agree with him actually.
    Hideous an erotic art world tale.

  • Reply Duane Anderson October 17, 2014 at 6:31 am

    david hockney is entitled to his opinions, as are we all.
    david if you underestimate a medium don't, please don't blame the medium.
    Seems like some sort of manna falling from the ivory tower of a "serious" artist.
    but the manna is molded and stale.
    " life is lurking every where." 

  • Reply Mark Colman November 16, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    It's like saying paint brushes are boring, a hammer is boring. It's just a tool. Why does that threaten him?
    This guy is over-rated x10,000.

  • Reply jpwallace100 December 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    He made a lot of good points about photoshop. And he pretty funny at the end.

  • Reply sunlogosis January 31, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    haha wow! i see a lot of hurt feelings in this comment thread. you thought you could point and click and be an artist as easy as that? not likely. anyone and i mean ANYONE can point and click. whether its a camera or a computer. but it takes a real artist to use a camera for making unique art.( in my opinion hardly any photography is worthy of being called art). most of you are probably making stuff thats been done over and over and still somehow think youre being original. youre not. i think photoshop is a joke and allows people the fantasy of being an artist without actually doing any of the work a real artist does. i dont think a computer program has any business calling itself an art tool. its for instant gratification, give me a participation trophy, lazy wannabes. in my opinion. its also my opinion that the people crying in this thread know this and are stunned that their magnificence is called into question. its called into question because youve done none of the work, you wouldnt know where to start. Photoshop does it all for you. you literally do none of the thinking. if you had to draw the picture you couldnt. thats why youre Photoshop shit is called into question. anyone can do it. anyone!

  • Reply katharine Anderson February 5, 2015 at 6:59 pm


  • Reply Ivo Westerlaken February 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    David says that magazines look boring, because Photoshop polishes photography and images look stale, not that Photoshop is boring. Photoshop is a tool, a means to an end.

  • Reply Dan dog March 7, 2015 at 5:39 am

    if a person can paint , the tooling makes no nevermind…Hockney is a thinker like a trained dog….empty fluff.

  • Reply EyeLean5280 April 12, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    I wish I could reply to Sonlogosis but alas, that opportunity is expired. I'll just say here he's absolutely wrong. I've been an artist for over thirty years and both paint and use Photoshop to a professional level. Both require thought and skill. The array of skills involved in oil and watercolor painting do take many more years and a lot more practice to acquire and master, that's true, because even oils are nowhere near as forgiving as digital art programs.

    However, Photoshop, Illustrator and the rest can't be picked up by anyone at all and used proficiently on the spot. It does take time and effort and in the end, talent matters. Talent shows. Photoshop in the hands of an artist verses a semi-motivated student looking to get what they thought would be an easy A yields a very different outcome.

    On the other hand, the Photoshop defenders here dissing Hockney's work are also wrong. His paintings and collages have a place in the history of our cultural development for a reason. His work may or may not be their cup of tea, but it's going to stay in the history books for the foreseeable future, whether they like it or not.

  • Reply vannburen May 3, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I love Hockneys voice AND paintings

  • Reply Robert Alexander May 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Please wear your seatbelt, or at least don't be flippant about it. Saying that wearing a seatbelt isn't your cup of tea in the same way that bondage isn't your cup of tea is like saying that you want to risk your life in a car accident because you're not fond of missionary-style sex. It's nonsense and it's insulting to everyone who has lost friends or families in car accidents. You don't wear the seatbelt because you find it uncomfortable and you're choosing to be comfortable at the risk of shortening your life. Own up to your value choices in life. It's fine to value hedonistic comfort–you are entitled to your values–but be willing to admit that that is what you are doing.

  • Reply Ian Cummins July 1, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    He knows exactly what hes talking about. I don't..

  • Reply jrodknowledge July 25, 2015 at 6:16 am

    I think one of the main themes here is that there's a fine line between the artistic value in work done on photoshop vs. real chemical photographs.

  • Reply Ignacio Rial-Schies August 7, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Some people will simply not get the meaning of what Hockney's saying because they are the very producers of the boredom he refers to. The need to come up with a simple title for an interview like this, multiplied by the clickbait factor, lead the video's publisher to pick that particular bite, naturally stripped out of its context. Hockney is simply pointing towards the evidence that the use of a highly standardized toolset (by a mostly exploited and creativelly crippled workforce, if I may add) for image making in the entertainment industry leads to a repetitive and, yes, very boring collection of works. Which is what we see on any magazine cover and every pop-up ad. He's not discussing the artistic use of photoshop which, I believe Hockney would agree, should be regarded on a case-by-case basis.

  • Reply Kevin McLaughlin August 24, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    He didn't say Photoshop is boring. He said that it helps everything look the same. Everything now has to look totally polished and perfect. People aren't drawing anymore they are taking photos or simply using the real thing (i.e. an owl).

  • Reply Do You Even Blem? August 27, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    He is absolutely correct: it is the triumph of homogenised vacuity.

  • Reply Razzy1312 September 5, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Photoshop isn't boring. You know what is? Paintings of pools and splashes.

  • Reply Christine Wilson September 8, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Photoshop is to photography as electronic, digital sound is to a learned musician.  True ART requires a human touch.

  • Reply Liberty September 15, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    What's his problem with photoshop?! He paints on his ipad lol…

  • Reply James Roach September 19, 2015 at 8:47 am

    "There is more owl-ness there than in the stuffed owl." An excellent metaphor about the difference between characterization and verisimilitude, as well as what consciousness of our own subjectivity has to do with objectivity; which is to say that they're the same thing. As for the stuffed owls out there who don't get that, and to which he also alludes with sly hilarity, I have long since despaired of trying to explain such matters to them: You can no more teach the delights of playing with hyperbole to someone who is insensitive to nuance than you can by magic endow a sunless work-horse with a sense of sensory frolic.
    A similar principle pertains to how Photoshop is most used in publishing, and to most of its users in publishing: These poor polishing machines, grinding away and employed at rates that wouldn't inspire dogs, much less people to aesthetic feats, may as well be detailing cars for all the difference they make to enhancing human perception of the human condition. So yes, maybe Photoshop is boring as a chisel or any other basic tool of art and industry, and no, he is not saying that anyone and everyone who uses it is also boring, anymore than Michelangelo was for using a chisel. He is only trying to put it in perspective, so as not to make too much of things and too little of persons. He may not be literary enough to put it clearly as that, but he's got the idea. Do you see it better now?
    I would extend the metaphor most strenuously to music, to which I am most devoted: You could take all the Strads of all the great concert violinists and put them into a set of dull-eared hands and what you'd get would be as dull as what you'd get putting fabulously rich digital music synthesis suites into the same hands. For the same reason, not everyone who takes to digital synthesis is a dullard, either as composer or executor, and there is much gorgeously expressive music that has been made using it during the last 40 yeas, a fact which no one 40 or older, and with an ear good enough to deserve the name of fine, and a will good enough to deserve the name of searching, and time and means ample enough for selection, can be unaware of in consequence of the comprehensive musical memory those lead to when combined.
    Of all the foolish consistencies that hobgoblin small minds, the one that most persistently plagues them is to make an either-or matter of something that is question of proportion and apt combination of parts, persons, uses, motives. Small minds only want to find a side in a battle to fight to no purpose, and so set out to set up either-or sides in order to draw an arbitrary line over which to argue. The last thing they ever do is talk at length about particular processes, and their general consequences, because if they did the unruly bad-strife to which all their thought processes tend and prefer would be obvious as what a brawl says about what brawlers like to do, which they will never admit, for the insight would be far to dark to bear, a grim index of fate. They belong on battlefields, in the stands at sporting events, drudging in the earthly purgatories of interminable feuds. Such is the measure, and kind , of their contentiousness. That is not the artist's way in our time or any other, though idiocy is to some degree mixed in everyone.

  • Reply botchos November 19, 2015 at 1:59 am

    He likes to professorize. Nice guy. There's nothing wrong with photoshop. And there is a lot of interest in drawing. People like to be negative—-it's a control thing. "I'm smart, you're dumb" kind of thing.

  • Reply Linda Rutter December 26, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    James Cowman you should be ashamed of yourself. Hockney's paintings are never dull and neither is he or what he attempts to do. You actually make no sense, you are the rambler! Hockney is an old man, part of the establishment and not scared to use new tools and new ways to create new expression – he really is a great artist. Please go out and paint more, please read a few of the books written about him or by him…I don't get how you dont get it?! Hockney's paintings make me re-study nature and I see things I hadn't noticed before. If you see work he produced on ipad and iphone, he captures a truth of the moment which is so difficult to do with more conventional tools/methods.

  • Reply Roy Boy January 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I agree with him about Photoshop but after he makes the statement he just praddles on aimlessly

  • Reply Luke Belecco January 16, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Being able to use Photoshop doesn't make you a photographer. Moving pixels around a computer screen might be a skill in itself, but of course it isn't photography.

  • Reply buyaport January 26, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Obviously this chap doesn't know what he is talking about. Even now, three years later, Kodak is producing fixer as do several other companies. (Well, I guess he means photographic fixer, even if he calls it fixative, which is what one uses for e.g. charcoal drawings and was never used for photographs.) Lots of people use "chemical" photography, and many of them use Photoshop. Even artists that draw with ink or pencils use Photoshop. — To be fair, one doesn't have to be very intelligent to be an artist. Sometimes being intelligent prevents you from following projects with the single-mindedness, many artists, this one included, have. So one should take such interviews for what they are…

  • Reply greyseal7 February 27, 2016 at 4:30 am

    A wee bit daft is He.

  • Reply uhuih hojhk March 19, 2016 at 11:40 am

    lol that bondage bit

  • Reply EWKification May 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    He doesn't say "Photoshop is boring", he argues that what people are doing with it commercially is boring. And that's probably why did does Ipad paintings now.

  • Reply zenabowli June 8, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Inexperienced criticism is boring. If you can't do it don't knock it.  If Michelangelo was alive today… I'd wager that he go to work for Pixar, designing digital cityscapes and alien beings for 'Star Wars' movies; along way from the high minded MoMA bs trip.

  • Reply Denny June 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Seatbelt bondage huh? If you need me I'll be in my room googling…

  • Reply djangolad July 11, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    You mean east Yorkshire is more free than "the land of the free"!..How can that be?

  • Reply Philip Brook July 24, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    So funny, Hockney says e.g. photoshop "polishes photography" as though photoshop woke up one morning and got on with it. People do the work. They used to do the same work with airbrushes back in the day…

  • Reply Geoff Bosco August 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I'm dodging and burning a headshot as I listen to this, thinking, "He isn't wrong."

    >video's over
    >goes back to retouching his image

  • Reply bloated utopia December 24, 2016 at 12:29 am

    isn't he rad???

  • Reply luan maia January 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Globalization foi any tool males things "Boeing" because of so much people doing it

  • Reply Corvid March 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    He's essentially saying "photoshop is being used negatively, to excessively touch up images, homogenising them", which in the context he's speaking about it true! It's exactly the same as people criticising AutoTune in music, where it gets slapped on hip hop/R&B vocals almost as standard, which to a lot of people becomes really boring to listen to. It's a useful tool for the audio engineer working to a tight deadline, who has been given sub-standard vocals to work with… but it's the negative attitudes that come with it that start to annoy people. The idea that you don't have to be able to perform an excellent vocal take, you can just "fix it in the mix" does take something from the sound of the music.

    Equally, he'd think nothing of solving the technical problems of photography with photoshop, bringing out or adding in the colour that he feels is lacking, to artistically improve the image, not create a false sense of "everyone has unrealistically perfect skin", but to better represent what the human eye sees.

  • Reply Steve Satterwhite May 21, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Smart guy, good artist. He did not say Photoshop sucks.

  • Reply Susan B May 26, 2017 at 4:04 am

    love his sense of humour

  • Reply Peter O'Toole July 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I like this guy.

  • Reply Rick Fowler August 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Horse and buggy thinking… He does not know how to use use Photoshop…David is boring

  • Reply Thorekk October 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    fuck silicon valley and the pretentious virgins making this place unlivable

  • Reply Thorekk October 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    " a stale look"….that is so true. look at todays selfie generation, all stale, all the same, bunch of group thinking stale blobs.

  • Reply jay norm December 13, 2017 at 2:17 am

    why am i here

  • Reply innomind January 31, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Photoshop was not launched in 1999.

  • Reply Norbert Stepien February 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    With all due respect, I disagree with Mr Hockney. I still photograph with film and use my darkroom regularly. In fact, film photography still being taught in colleges and is making a resurgence. Digital has taken over in commercial photography but not in fine art photography. Illford is still manufacturing film and chemicals.

  • Reply Miro Pribanić February 27, 2018 at 12:16 am

    love Hockney talking about pictures. He knows a thing or two about it, I guess 😉 Btw why was he never sirred?? Influential figure in British arts, is he not??

  • Reply Emperor Minilla May 4, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    In a way, he's got a point. I mean, just compare modern movie posters which use Photoshop to the movie posters of the early years of film which were actually hand drawn. The older posters ironically, don't seem as static and look as though they're full of energy.

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  • Reply Malcolm Browning May 20, 2018 at 8:11 am

    You can do anything visually orientated with Photoshop, plus, Hockney has used photography in oh so many ways in his art.

  • Reply Leigh Foulkes July 6, 2018 at 4:04 am

    All of our art today is boring crap!! There is nothing more interesting than reality but for some reason, they like to stick us into fantasy. We all have to be perfect or we have to compete with technology and we lose the humanity and organic nature in the end.

  • Reply MASTER BLASTER August 7, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Film + software the best combo

  • Reply Ian October 12, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I agree with him 100%. I only use Lightroom as a tool which is all I need. Who’s the muppet that keeps walking in front of camera ?

  • Reply ztog November 2, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Hockney is a painters' painter.

  • Reply Cyber Hermit November 19, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    He is nothing but a product of marketing.

  • Reply william badovinac November 26, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Very misleading title. Like painting photography requires thought and sensibility. Only few pursue much. Photoshop is not photography but filters that require patience and craftsmanship. Only the Photoshop market name and lazy artists make it seem boring.

  • Reply Joey Stickfigure February 4, 2019 at 8:00 am

    David is correct. Kodak stopped making fixative over a decade ago now. He said he is very technical, so he knows what he's talking about for sure. They still make fixer, but it is not the same thing as fixative. Fixative really made the image permanent like he says, but fixer lasts only half as long. It was a sad day when they stopped it put many people out of work. However many people bought very large stocks of fixative, and if refrigerated, it will last for decades. 

    If you decide to use film, there is still some left, there is one company still making it in England, I think they are called PiLford. They make super 8mm and 35mm films in 1000ft loads so you can hand wind your own at home. If you need fixative, just Google it, and I am sure you will be able to get it from someone. I prefer digital, it looks sooooo much better, none of those scratches and dirt you see on old fashioned film photography. Some times it even has a white stuff stuck to it, an old photographer told me it's because they used fixer instead of fixative.

  • Reply Tony Stencel February 5, 2019 at 1:54 am

    The ‘ol Hedonist himself…as if he’s a sage of all things art.

  • Reply Ian Maguire March 6, 2019 at 6:32 am


  • Reply Perry Robles March 15, 2019 at 12:37 pm


    I took a course in colllege. Thought we were going to write CODE to create website. Our “professor” was a failed moron who didn’t even have the textbook, knowledge, or could read. I dropped the course. Ordered the textbook and learned to do it myself.

    Academia equals GR8.

    Most academics equals GROSS.

  • Reply Matthew Brooks March 19, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    "Chemical photography has ended … Kodak stopped making fixative …" What is he talking about..? Kodak still makes chemicals along with Fuji, Ilford, and smaller companies like Tetenal and Adox. Development of colour film (C41, E6) and B&W film remains largely unchanged, though the film stocks available are thinning. It's strange that such an important artist would be so profoundly misinformed.

  • Reply rnomistakes April 17, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Love Hockney's work! He's not saying Photoshop is boring he's saying the way some people use it has become boring… . I wonder if David, who has made an iPad and a stylus come alive would do the same with Photoshop? I paint with the brush tool in

  • Reply geinikan1kan April 20, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    No, he doesn't say the sentence "Photoshop is boring," but he uses the word boring several times to discuss what he perceives as the effects of using software, particularly Photoshop, in visual images. He mentions how Photoshop tends to be used, to clean up digital photos, put in highlights and get rid of blemishes. He is talking about the transition from chemical to digital photography. And yes, I believe Hockney notes that the effects of Photoshop have been to make mass media images boring. Hence the title, "Photoshop is boring."

  • Reply myxNL May 15, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    bond edge

  • Reply Neil Aspinall June 17, 2019 at 10:41 am

    PS is just a tool (and a very useful tool) It depends how you use it. Too much mouth organ in a Rock band is boring too.

  • Reply MASTER BLASTER August 5, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Film is making a big come back Kodak making fixer again – photography will never die

  • Reply pelecyphora1 August 25, 2019 at 1:58 am

    I love real drawing. Photoshop can be tedious, but it's such a cool powerful app. Apples and oranges.

  • Reply PJ August 27, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Fixitive! —Really?

  • Reply Triumf Dula September 16, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Photoshop is boring "if you don't know how to use it"
    Painting is crazy boring "if you don't know how to paint"

  • Reply Florian Reisner November 5, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    actually analog is not dead 🙂

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