“I now understand, the problem was the photography. I think it was necesary for me in sense to destroy photography (or anyway what I thought photography was) to refute the claims it was making in order to be able to change for myself the whole notion of a painting being real, of what is real in the world of apainting. It´s taken a long time; it took me over five years. I had no idea it would take so long, not that I minded. I mean when people said I was wasting my time, I could care less. What I was learning was amazing to me. I realized more and more what you could do, how you could chop up space, how you could play inside the space, that only by playing could you make it come alive, and that it only became real when it come to life”
David Hockney: A retrospective. Maurice Tuchman and Stephanie Barron. Los Ángeles Country Museum of Art.