Ways of Seeing / Edition 1

Ways of Seeing / Edition 1

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by John Berger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0844661759

ISBN-13: 9780844661759

Pub. Date: 06/01/1972

Publisher: Smith, Peter Publisher, Inc.

Based on the BBC television series, John Berger's Ways of Seeing is a unique look at the way we view art, published as part of the Penguin on Design series in Penguin Modern Classics. '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

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Based on the BBC television series, John Berger's Ways of Seeing is a unique look at the way we view art, published as part of the Penguin on Design series in Penguin Modern Classics. '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 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. John Berger (b. 1926) is an art critic, painter and novelist.born in Hackney, London. His novel G. (1972) won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Booker Prize. If you enjoyed Ways of Seeing, you might like Susan Sontag's On Photography, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Berger has the ability to cut right through the mystification of 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 areas of cultural study that are now commonplace' Geoff Dyer in Ways of Telling 'One of the most influential intellectuals of our time' Observer

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ISBN-13:
9780844661759
Publisher:
Smith, Peter Publisher, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1972
Series:
Richard Seaver Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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Ways of Seeing 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are ready to question how you see the world around you, read this book. This is not a book of 'knowledge' but a book of questions. Berger and friends are asking some very estute questions about how we portray people. First written nearly 30 years ago, but still very vibrant and relevant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sure this is a great book, however, it is so poorly typeset (publishers should all know that a book should never be set in a bold sans-serif type) that it makes it impossible to read and it very hard on the eyes. I will be returning it to the store.
FreddyD More than 1 year ago
A teacher made me read this in college and not a month goes by I don't think about it. It sort of makes you rethink things, about how you see art and I guess the world. There's some nudity in it, too, so that always helps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a wonderful compliment to the BBC series. It allows for a closer analysis of the images he presents in the special.
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MissLadyBird More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book on Art Theory for those looking for a book to read that does not require a dictionary to comprehend.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a good book, if you like seeing thing. A quick book report book for a class. Only 170 pages.