Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Penguin Books
Total Pages: 176
Release: 1990-12-01
ISBN 10: 9780140135152
ISBN 13: 0140135154
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ways of Seeing Book Review:

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled” -- so opens John Berger’s revolutionary million-copy bestseller on how to look at art 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 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.

Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2008-09-25
ISBN 10: 0141917989
ISBN 13: 9780141917986
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ways of Seeing Book Review:

How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever. "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 (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.

John Berger s Ways of Seeing

John Berger s Ways of Seeing
Author: Emmanouil Kalkanis
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 108
Release: 2018-02-21
ISBN 10: 0429939868
ISBN 13: 9780429939860
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

John Berger s Ways of Seeing Book Review:

Ways of Seeing is a key art-historical work that continues to provoke widespread debate. It is comprised of seven different essays, three of which are pictorial and the other containing texts and images. Berger first examines the relationship between seeing and knowing, discussing how our assumptions affect how we see a painting. He moves on to consider the role of women in artwork, particularly regarding the female nude. The third essay deals with oil painting looking at the relationship between subjects and ownership. Finally, Berger addresses the idea of ownership in a consumerist society, discussing the power of imagery in advertising, with particular regards to photography.

Confabulations

Confabulations
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2016-10-06
ISBN 10: 0241292344
ISBN 13: 9780241292341
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Confabulations Book Review:

'Language is a body, a living creature ... and this creature's home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate'. John Berger's work has revolutionized the way we understand visual language. In this new book he writes about language itself, and how it relates to thought, art, song, storytelling and political discourse today. Also containing Berger's own drawings, notes, memories and reflections on everything from Albert Camus to global capitalism, Confabulations takes us to what is 'true, essential and urgent'.

New Ways of Seeing

New Ways of Seeing
Author: Grant Scott
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-08-12
ISBN 10: 1000213323
ISBN 13: 9781000213324
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Ways of Seeing Book Review:

Those born since the digital revolution, seem to have the hardest time re-imagining the role of photography in the world today. Thinking of photography as a visual language is the approach this book adopts to addresses this challenge.Considering photography in this way develops the metaphor of 'learning a language' when attempting to explain what photography can be, and what it can give a student in transferable creative and life skills. This begins with challenging the pre-conception that successful photography is defined by the successful single image or 'the good photograph'.The book emphasises the central role of narrative and visual storytelling through a technique of 'photosketching' to develop the building blocks of visual creativity and ultimately to craft successful bodies of photographic work.New Ways of Seeing explains how to both learn and teach photography as a visual language, appropriate for both professionals and students working today.

Bento s Sketchbook

Bento s Sketchbook
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Pantheon
Total Pages: 167
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 0307379957
ISBN 13: 9780307379955
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bento s Sketchbook Book Review:

The celebrated author of such works as To the Wedding continues his exploration of the relationship between experience and expression, tracing the stories behind works of visual art including the mythological sketchbooks of philosopher Baruch Spinoza to counsel readers on alternate ways of seeing the world.

Ways of Hearing

Ways of Hearing
Author: Damon Krukowski
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2019-04-09
ISBN 10: 0262039648
ISBN 13: 9780262039642
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ways of Hearing Book Review:

A writer-musician examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. Our voices carry farther than ever before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard? In this book, Damon Krukowski examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. In Ways of Hearing—modeled on Ways of Seeing, John Berger's influential 1972 book on visual culture—Krukowski offers readers a set of tools for critical listening in the digital age. Just as Ways of Seeing began as a BBC television series, Ways of Hearing is based on a six-part podcast produced for the groundbreaking public radio podcast network Radiotopia. Inventive uses of text and design help bring the message beyond the range of earbuds. Each chapter of Ways of Hearing explores a different aspect of listening in the digital age: time, space, love, money, and power. Digital time, for example, is designed for machines. When we trade broadcast for podcast, or analog for digital in the recording studio, we give up the opportunity to perceive time together through our media. On the street, we experience public space privately, as our headphones allow us to avoid “ear contact” with the city. Heard on a cell phone, our loved ones' voices are compressed, stripped of context by digital technology. Music has been dematerialized, no longer an object to be bought and sold. With recommendation algorithms and playlists, digital corporations have created a media universe that adapts to us, eliminating the pleasures of brick-and-mortar browsing. Krukowski lays out a choice: do we want a world enriched by the messiness of noise, or one that strives toward the purity of signal only?

Landscapes

Landscapes
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Verso Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2018-11-06
ISBN 10: 1784785857
ISBN 13: 9781784785857
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Landscapes Book Review:

A major new work from the world’s leading writer on art Landscapes, the companion volume to John Berger’s highly acclaimed Portraits, explores what art tells us about ourselves. “Berger’s work is an invitation to reimagine; to see in different ways,” writes Tom Overton in the introduction to this volume. As a master storyteller and thinker John Berger challenges readers to rethink their every assumption about the role of creativity in our lives. In this brilliant collection of diverse pieces—essays, short stories, poems, translations—which spans a lifetime’s engagement with art, John Berger reveals how he came to his own unique way of seeing. He pays homage to the writers and thinkers who infuenced him, such as Walter Benjamin, Rosa Luxemburg and Bertolt Brecht. His expansive perspective takes in artistic movements and individual artists—from the Renaissance to the present—while never neglecting the social and political context of their creation. Berger pushes at the limits of art writing, demonstrating beautifully how his artist’s eye makes him a storyteller in these essays, rather than a critic. With “landscape” as an animating, liberating metaphor rather than a rigid defnition, this collection surveys the aesthetic landscapes that have informed, challenged and nourished John Berger’s understanding of the world. Landscapes—alongside Portraits—completes a tour through the history of art that will be an intellectual benchmark for many years to come.

About Looking

About Looking
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-11-19
ISBN 10: 1408872153
ISBN 13: 9781408872154
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

About Looking Book Review:

As a novelist, essayist, and cultural historian, John Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight whose work amounts to a subtle, powerful critique of the canons of our civilization. In About Looking he explores our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see. How do the animals we look at in zoos remind us of a relationship between man and beast all but lost in the twentieth century? What is it about looking at war photographs that doubles their already potent violence? How do the nudes of Rodin betray the threats to his authority and potency posed by clay and flesh? And how does solitude inform the art of Giacometti? In asking these and other questions, Berger alters the vision of anyone who reads his work.

Portraits

Portraits
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Verso Books
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2021-12-07
ISBN 10: 1839764155
ISBN 13: 9781839764158
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Portraits Book Review:

A major new book from one of the world’s leading writers and art critics John Berger, one of the world’s most celebrated art writers, takes us through centuries of drawing and painting, revealing his lifelong fascination with a diverse cast of artists. In Portraits, Berger grounds the artists in their historical milieu in revolutionary ways, whether enlarging on the prehistoric paintings of the Chauvet caves or Cy Twombly’s linguistic and pictorial play. In penetrating and singular prose, Berger presents entirely new ways of thinking about artists both canonized and obscure, from Rembrandt to Henry Moore, Jackson Pollock to Picasso. Throughout, Berger maintains the essential connection between politics, art and the wider study of culture. The result is an illuminating walk through many centuries of visual culture, from one of the contemporary world’s most incisive critical voices.

Ways of Telling

Ways of Telling
Author: Geoff Dyer
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 186
Release: 1986
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015011893354
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ways of Telling Book Review:

Another Way of Telling

Another Way of Telling
Author: John Berger,Jean Mohr
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-04-07
ISBN 10: 1408864460
ISBN 13: 9781408864463
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Another Way of Telling Book Review:

In one of the most eloquent accounts of photography ever devised (originally published in 1982 and unavailable for many years), the writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr set out to understand the fundamental nature of photography and how it makes its impact. Asking a range of questions – What is a photograph? What do photographs mean? How can they be used? – they give their answers in terms of a photograph as 'a meeting place where the interests of the photographer, the photographed, the viewer and those who are using the photography are often contradictory'. From these beginnings they develop a theory of photography that has at its centre the form's essential ambiguity, arguing that photography is totally unlike a film and has nothing to do with reportage. Rather, it constitutes 'another way of telling'. The unique combination of critic and photographer results in a work that moves beyond the landmarks established by Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag to establish a new theory of photography. This unique combination of words and pictures includes 230 photographs by Jean Mohr.

Selected Essays of John Berger

Selected Essays of John Berger
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2008-12-10
ISBN 10: 030749070X
ISBN 13: 9780307490704
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Selected Essays of John Berger Book Review:

The writing career of Booker Prize winner John Berger–poet, storyteller, playwright, and essayist–has yielded some of the most original and compelling examinations of art and life of the past half century. In this essential volume, Geoff Dyer has brought together a rich selection of many of Berger’s seminal essays. Berger’s insights make it impossible to look at a painting, watch a film, or even visit a zoo in quite the same way again. The vast range of subjects he addresses, the lean beauty of his prose, and the keenness of his anger against injustice move us to view the world with a new lens of awareness. Whether he is discussing the singleminded intensity of Picasso’s Guernica, the parallel violence and alienation in the art of Francis Bacon and Walt Disney, or the enigmatic silence of his own mother, what binds these pieces throughout is the depth and fury of Berger’s passion, challenging us to participate, to protest, and above all, to see.

A Writer of Our Time

A Writer of Our Time
Author: Joshua Sperling
Publsiher: Verso Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-11-20
ISBN 10: 1786637421
ISBN 13: 9781786637420
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Writer of Our Time Book Review:

The first intellectual biography of the life and work of John Berger John Berger was one of the most influential thinkers and writers of postwar Europe. As a novelist, he won the Booker prize in 1972, donating half his prize money to the Black Panthers. As a TV presenter, he changed the way we looked at art with Ways of Seeing. As a storyteller and political activist, he defended the rights and dignity of workers, migrants, and the oppressed around the world. “Far from dragging politics into art,” he wrote in 1953, “art has dragged me into politics.” He remained a revolutionary up to his death in January 2017. Built around a series of watersheds, at once personal and historical, A Writer of Our Time traces Berger’s development from his roots as a postwar art student and polemicist in the Cold War battles of 1950s London, through the heady days of the 1960s—when the revolutions were not only political but sexual and artistic—to Berger’s reinvention as a rural storyteller and the long hangover that followed the rise and fall of the New Left. Drawing on first-hand, unpublished interviews and archival sources only recently made available, Joshua Sperling digs beneath the moments of controversy to reveal a figure of remarkable complexity and resilience. The portrait that emerges is of a cultural innovator as celebrated as he was often misunderstood, and a writer increasingly driven as much by what he loved as by what he opposed. A Writer of Our Time brings the many faces of John Berger together, repatriating one of our great minds to the intellectual dramas of his and our time.

Hold Everything Dear

Hold Everything Dear
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2009-03-12
ISBN 10: 0307495876
ISBN 13: 9780307495877
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hold Everything Dear Book Review:

From a Booker Prize-winning author and one of the most impassioned of writers of our time, this powerful collection of essays offers a stark portrait of post-9/11 realities. John Berger occupies a unique position in the international cultural landscape: artist, filmmaker, poet, philosopher, novelist, and essayist, he is also a deeply thoughtful political activist. In Hold Everything Dear, his artistry and activism meld in an attempt to make sense of the current state of our world. Berger analyzes the nature of terrorism and the profound despair that gives rise to it. He writes about the homelessness of millions who have been forced by poverty and war to live as refugees. He discusses Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Serbia, Bosnia, China, Indonesia-anyplace where people are deprived of the most basic of freedoms. Berger powerfully acknowledges the depth of suffering around the world and suggests actions that might finally help bring it to an end.

Chinese Ways of Seeing and Open Air Painting

Chinese Ways of Seeing and Open Air Painting
Author: Yi Gu
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-02-01
ISBN 10: 1684176131
ISBN 13: 9781684176137
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chinese Ways of Seeing and Open Air Painting Book Review:

"How did modern Chinese painters see landscape? Did they depict nature in the same way as premodern Chinese painters? What does the artistic perception of modern Chinese painters reveal about the relationship between artists and the nation-state? Could an understanding of modern Chinese landscape painting tell us something previously unknown about art, political change, and the epistemological and sensory regime of twentieth-century China?Yi Gu tackles these questions by focusing on the rise of open-air painting in modern China. Chinese artists almost never painted outdoors until the late 1910s, when the New Culture Movement prompted them to embrace direct observation, linear perspective, and a conception of vision based on Cartesian optics. The new landscape practice brought with it unprecedented emphasis on perception and redefined artistic expertise. Central to the pursuit of open-air painting from the late 1910s right through to the early 1960s was a reinvigorated and ever-growing urgency to see suitably as a Chinese and to see the Chinese homeland correctly. Examining this long-overlooked ocular turn, Gu not only provides an innovative perspective from which to reflect on complicated interactions of the global and local in China, but also calls for rethinking the nature of visual modernity there."

How to See Looking Talking and Thinking about Art

How to See  Looking  Talking  and Thinking about Art
Author: David Salle
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-10-04
ISBN 10: 0393248143
ISBN 13: 9780393248142
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to See Looking Talking and Thinking about Art Book Review:

“If John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is a classic of art criticism, looking at the ‘what’ of art, then David Salle’s How to See is the artist’s reply, a brilliant series of reflections on how artists think when they make their work. The ‘how’ of art has perhaps never been better explored.” —Salman Rushdie How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Internationally renowned painter David Salle’s incisive essay collection illuminates these questions by exploring the work of influential twentieth-century artists. Engaging with a wide range of Salle’s friends and contemporaries—from painters to conceptual artists such as Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alex Katz, among others—How to See explores not only the multilayered personalities of the artists themselves but also the distinctive character of their oeuvres. Salle writes with humor and verve, replacing the jargon of art theory with precise and evocative descriptions that help the reader develop a personal and intuitive engagement with art. The result: a master class on how to see with an artist’s eye.

The Shape of a Pocket

The Shape of a Pocket
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-09-12
ISBN 10: 1408859580
ISBN 13: 9781408859582
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shape of a Pocket Book Review:

John Berger writes: 'The pocket in question is a small pocket of resistance. A pocket is formed when two or more people come together in agreement. The resistance is against the inhumanity of the new world economic order. The people coming together are the reader, me and those the essays are about - Rembrandt, Palaeolithic cave painters, a Romanian peasant, ancient Egyptians, an expert in the loneliness of certain hotel bedrooms, dogs at dusk, a man in a radio station. And unexpectedly, our exchanges strengthen each of us in our conviction that what is happening to the world today is wrong, and that what is often said about it is a lie. I've never written a book with a greater sense of urgency.'

Keeping a Rendezvous

Keeping a Rendezvous
Author: John Berger
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-07-13
ISBN 10: 0307794296
ISBN 13: 9780307794291
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Keeping a Rendezvous Book Review:

When he stands before Giorgione's La Tempesta, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger sees not only the painting but our whole notion of time, sweeping us away from a lost Eden. A photograph of a gravely joyful crowd gathered on a Prague street in November 1989 provokes reflection on the meaning of democracy and the reunion of a people with long-banished hopes and dreams. With the luminous essays in Keeping a Rendezvous, we are given to see the world as Berger sees it -- to explore themes suggested by the work of Jackson Pollock or J. M. W. Turner, to contemplate the wonder of Paris. Rendezvous are manifold: between critic and art, artist and subject, subject and the unknown. But most significant are the rendezvous between author and reader, as we discover our perceptions informed by Berger's eloquence and courageous moral imagination.

Seeing Berger

Seeing Berger
Author: Peter Fuller
Publsiher: Writers & Readers Publishing
Total Pages: 40
Release: 1981
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015006356599
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Seeing Berger Book Review:

"In this incisive counter-polemic Peter Fuller underlines what is most valuable in Berger's criticism, while attacking the art ideologists who would negate the existence of any aesthetic experience. He succinctly agues the case for a materialistic understanding of art and its value which moves beyond ideology and permits one to confront the 'masterpiece', the work of art which breaks free from the norms of tradition and transcends its time."--back cover.