Picks and Pans Review: Cameraworks

UPDATED 11/26/1984 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/26/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

by David Hockney

Far more abstract than Arbus, Hockney, the British artist, has spent a couple of years experimenting with photography. His subject matter was much the same as that in his drawings and paintings: relatives and friends, home interiors, men in swimming pools, landscapes. His most interesting photographic works result from combining a large number of Polaroid shots of a single subject. A portrait of a woman named Celia, made in Los Angeles in 1982, consists of 32 photographs of the subject in a large collage. The nose and parts of one hand appear more than once, yet the viewer's eye assembles the human face in realistic fashion and enjoys the mass of accumulated detail. There are also beautiful works made up of photographs shot in Japan, where the architectural and landscaping elements are dramatized by dozens of overlapping photographs of a single scene. This splendid volume has an essay by art critic Lawrence Weschler, who explains how Hockney's pictures relate to Cubism. More than 100 works are reproduced. (Knopf, $50)

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