"Ways of Seeing": Based on the BBC Television Series
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By (author) John Berger

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"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.

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 132.08 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • 01 Jan 1995
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • TV tie-in ed
  • illustrations, portraits
  • 0140135154
  • 9780140135152
  • 27,710

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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 Britain permanently, and he lives in a small village in the French Alps.

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Despite the fact that it was first published in 1972, this essential book on the psychological and social implications of visual imagery, is just as relevant now as it was then. Over six essays, Berger encourages the reader to see the world with new eyes to allow greater understanding of the images around them. He shows how the viewer can go beyond the surface of paintings, photographs and other images to see how even the tiniest details are part of the overall reading and perception of that image. (Kirkus UK)

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