Ways Of Seeing: Based On The Bbc Television Series

Paperback | December 1, 1990

byJohn Berger

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John Berger’s seminal text on how to look at 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 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.

"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

"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

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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 seminal text on how to look at 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 Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concen...

Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing; the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours; Here Is Where We Meet; the Booker Prize–winning novel G; Hold Everything Dear; the Man Booker–lon...

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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.
Date published: 2009-04-20

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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.

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"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"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"Over the past sixty years, the great John Berger — art critic, essayist, screenwriter, novelist, poet, and artist — has made immeasurable contributions to our understanding of culture and politics, never more potently than in Ways of Seeing." -The Village Voice