Ways of Seeing by John Berger

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Based on the BBC television series, John Bergers Ways of Seeing is a unique look at the way we view art. 

'Seeing comes before words, the child looks and recognises before it can speak' 

John Bergers Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential books in any art 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 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.  

'But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. it is seeing that 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'. 
 
This product is available online and in the Somerset House Shop in conjunction with the English as a Second Language Exhibition. 

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