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About looking

About looking

Berger, John

John Berger 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 20th century? What is it about looking at war photos that doubles their already potent violence? He answers these questions amongst others

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: John Berger
ISBN: 0747599572, 9780747599579
Note: Originally published: London: Writers and Readers, 1980.
Physical Description: 205 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Art Psychology.; Visual perception.; Meaning (Psychology); Visual perception

Author note

John Berger was born in London in 1926. His many books, innovative in form and far-reaching in their historical and political insight, include the Booker Prize-winning novel G, To the Wedding and King. Amongst his outstanding studies of art and photography are Another Way of Telling, The Success and Failure of Picasso, Titian: Nymph and Shepherd (with Katya Berger) and the internationally acclaimed Ways of Seeing. He lives and works in a small village in the French Alps, the setting for his trilogy Into Their Labours (Pig Earth, Once in Europa and Lilac and Flag). His collection of essays The Shape of a Pocket was published in 2001. His latest novel, From A to X, was published in 2008.


'Polemical, meditative, radical, always original, Berger's essays are extremely wide-ranging'
Geoff Dyer||'One of the most influential intellectuals of our time'
Sean O'Hagan, Observer||'A wonderful artist and thinker'
Susan Sontag||'Berger is a writer one demands to know more about ... an intriguing and powerful mind and talent'
New York Times