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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Seminal analysis on visual imagery. - Goodreads
illegible font and layout - Goodreads
Berger is an extraordinary writer. - Goodreads
Excellent book on photography as a way of seeing. - Goodreads
His insights about "envy" are particularly good. - Goodreads
VERY insiteful, but hard to read... - Goodreads

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User Review  - Birutebi - Goodreads

Great insights into art world not from traditional historian perspective, but from socio-economical point of view. However, sometimes it feels that writer, as a socialist, is judging (in negative way) class system, and especially the higher class. Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin Driskill - Goodreads

This book is great for provoking thought and challenging traditional ideas of art criticism. Some of the seven essays are more interesting than others. The material seemed a bit dated but on the ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

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

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