Ways of Seeing

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Penguin Books Limited, Sep 25, 2008 - Art - 176 pages
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How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever.

"Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak."

"But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled."

John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures." By now he has.

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User Review  - Sabina - Goodreads

A great book into how we perceive art, media and the things around us and how they influence the way we live. The book has a different perspective from others out there. It is written about the people ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nana - Goodreads

First off, this book is composed of seven essays, some of which are actually purely pictorial, so it's not a long read. But quite good given you have a strong interest in art history or pictorial ... Read full review

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John Peter Berger (born November 5th, 1926) is an art critic, painter and novelist.

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