Ways Of Seeing: Based On The Bbc Television Series

Paperback | December 1, 1990

byJohn Berger

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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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Although we use language to interpret and express the world around us, we see in images, not words. Ways of Seeing brings together seven essays on the process of sight-interpretation, four of which use both words and images, and three of which are purely visual. From traditional variations in oil painting to different ways of envisioni...

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John Berger’s Classic Text on ArtJohn 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 concentrat...

John Berger was born in London in 1926. He is well known for his novels & stories as well as for his works of nonfiction, including several volumes of art criticism. His first novel, "A Painter of Our Time", was published in 1958, & since then his books have included the novel "G.", which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left B...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 1, 1990Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140135154

ISBN - 13:9780140135152

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Opening Up Your Eyes To Reality I read this book for my popular culture class. The book is a fast read, with lots of pictures as well. It's filled with essays on how popular culture and the media, as well as advertising influences our perception on reality and how we are blind to certain things. There is also some history on art and media as well. For a fast read, this book will change your outlook on life by realizing the pressure of consumption within the capitalist economic system. This book is recommended for ages 16+. Be aware that there is also some nude pictures within the book as well.
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Although we use language to interpret and express the world around us, we see in images, not words. Ways of Seeing brings together seven essays on the process of sight-interpretation, four of which use both words and images, and three of which are purely visual. From traditional variations in oil painting to different ways of envisioning and portraying women, this work explores our relationship with our strongest and most immediate method of perception.