David Hockney (b. 1937)
Painter, printmaker, photographer, and designer; perhaps the most important English artist living today.
–Look This Way: Portraits from the University Art Collections
Much of Newton’s life was spent photographing fashion for magazines
like Vogue. His erotically charged black and white images usually
depicted women in controversial, provocative, and highly sexualized
ways. Voyeuristic in nature, Newton’s work took inspiration from film noir, Expressionist cinema, the culture of sadomasochism, and surrealism.
In his photograph of David Hockney, Newton departs from his normal
subject matter, but is still able to achieve the extreme contrast in lighting
and deep focus on the subject that he has in his fashion work. Debates
continue on whether Newton’s work crosses the line towards a menacing
stance on women.