Ways of Seeing
British Broadcasting Corporation, 1972 - Art - 166 pages
John Berger's Classic Text on Art
John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most 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.
"Berger has the ability to cut right through the mystification of the professional art critics . . . He is a liberator of images: and once we have allowed the paintings to work on us directly, we are in a much better position to make a meaningful evaluation" —Peter Fuller, Arts Review
"The influence of the series and the book . . . was enormous . . . It opened up for general attention to areas of cultural study that are now commonplace" —Geoff Dyer in Ways of Telling
Winner of the 1972 Booker Prize for his novel, G., John Peter Berger (born November 5th, 1926) is an art critic, painter and author of many novels including A Painter of Our Time, From A to X and Bento's Sketchbook.
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In the Middle Ages when men believed in the physical existence of Hell the sight
of fire must have meant something different from what it means today.
Nevertheless their idea of Hell owed a lot to the sight of fire consuming and the
notice how the faculty of touch is like a static, limited form of sight.) We never look
at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and
ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding
Every time we look at a photograph, we are aware, however slightly, of the
photographer selecting that sight from an infinity of other possible sights. This is
true even in the most casual family snapshot. The photographer's way of seeing
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rnmdfrd - www.librarything.com
So clearly and succinctly written, even with its unique insights. I love how John Berger writes just as much as how he sees art. I will definitely continue to read more of his work. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing
I imagine, that when this book was originally published, and even more so when the BBC showed the television series, that this was pretty controversial. Berger does not fawn over the merits of the ... Read full review