Ways of Seeing
British Broadcasting Corporation, 1972 - ART - 166 pages
"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 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
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It depends precisely upon not sharing your experience with those who envy you.
You are observed with interest but you do not observe with interest — if you do,
you will become less enviable. In this respect the envied are like bureaucrats; the
She may be seen as wealthy, beautiful, talented, lucky. But her qualities are her
own and have been recognized as such. What she is does not entirely depend
upon others wanting to be like her. She is not purely the creature of others' envy ...
Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and
widespread emotion. The industrial society which has moved towards democracy
and then stopped half way is the ideal society for generating such an emotion.
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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