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  - 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

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User Review  - P_S_Patrick - LibraryThing

A set of seven essays on "ways of seeing", or viewing and interpreting art. Four of these are written essays, and between each of these is a "pictorial essay" based soley on pictures. The four essays ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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

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