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Ways of Seeing


Ways of Seeing
John Berger
Penguin, 2008 [1972] ISBN: 978-0141035796

‘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 the image in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the Sunday Times critic described as ‘an eye-opener in more ways than one’.

BBC TV Series:

Episode 1: Reproductions

Episode 2: The Nude

Episode 3: Possessions

Episode 4: Language of Advertising

See Also:

Kate Abbott, ‘How we made: John Berger and Michael Dibb on Ways of Seeing‘, Guardian, 2 April 2012.

Sukhdev Sandhu, ‘Ways of Seeing opened our eyes to visual culture‘, Guardian, 7 September 2012.

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