Ways of Seeing, Paperback
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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, Integrated illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Theory of art
  • ISBN: 9780141035796



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Really interesting insights into how we see and what we see when we look at art, thought provoking rather than authoritative. The Penguin edition rather let it down however due to the poor quality of the reproductions of the works of art under discussion.

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