Ways of Seeing - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
  • Ways of Seeing - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
zoom

Ways of Seeing - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

(author)
2 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£8.99 £6.99
Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 25/09/2008
  • Save £2.00
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

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.'

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.

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

A true polymath with a breadth of knowledge on art, history, literature, philosophy and photography, John Berger left, at his death in 2017, a wealth of work behind him. Best-known for his challenging 1970’s television series and the accompanying volume Ways of Seeing as well as later works of criticism including About Looking, Understanding a Photograph, Confabulations and 2016’s Landscapes he was also an award-winning novelist (his novel G won The Booker Prize in 1972).

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141035796
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 132 g
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 13 mm

You may also be interested in...

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Added to basket
The Language of Cities
Added to basket
Design as Art
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Poetics of Space
Added to basket
Seashaken Houses
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
The Atlas of Beauty
Added to basket
Cabin Porn
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Fox and the Star
Added to basket
£15.99   £11.99
Hardback
On Photography
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Think Like an Artist
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Postcards from The New Yorker
Added to basket
Create Dangerously
Added to basket
£1.00
Paperback
My Life
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Fox and the Star
Added to basket
Blood and Guts in High School
Added to basket

Reviews

View all

“A classic”

This book is a classic by the wonderful John Berger. It will give you a different perspective on both art and advertising. Berger manages to write in a style that is clear, easy to read and more relevant than ever in... More

Paperback edition
7th February 2013
Helpful? Upvote 33

“Ways of Seeing”

This is a fascinating read that analyses not just how original works of art have influenced our cultural history but how the invention of reproductions and the camera have changed the way we view art itself and how it... More

Paperback edition
1st May 2011
Helpful? Upvote 30

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.