Ways of Seeing by John Berger

Ways of Seeing

John Berger’s Classic Text on ArtJohn 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 (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."Be...

Details Ways of Seeing

TitleWays of Seeing
Release DateAug 18th, 1990
GenreNonfiction, Art, Philosophy, Writing, Essays, Art History, Photography

Reviews Ways of Seeing

  • Austin Kleon
    My map of the book:
  • Trevor
    This book is based on a television series which can be viewed on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnfB-p...This is a really remarkable series and a remarkable, although annoying, book. The book is annoying because it should have been a coffee table book with large colour photographs and large font – instead it is a Penguin paperback with a font tending towards the unreadable and grey scale reproductions of the paintings that make th...
  • Pierce
    First of all, this entire book is set in bold. I don't know what crazy crazyman let that through the gate at Penguin but I just felt I had to point it out right away. It's still worth reading.4 essays and 3 pictorial essays. Really interesting stuff cutting away some of the bullshit associated with our appreciation of art. It seems like museums are doing a lot of things wrong as well as right.Chapter on oil-painting was particularly interesting b...
  • Justin Evans
    I am not the audience for this book, mainly because I've already read and more or less digested the handful of essays and ideas on which it is based. The seven chapters break down fairly simply. 1: Benjamin's 'Work of Art'--the ability to reproduce images alters the way we encounter works of art. This seems reasonable. Nobody gets to see a Giotto without having seen a reproduction first, except someone who has no interest in the Giotto in the fir...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Way of Seeing, John Berger عنوان: شیوه های نگریستن؛ شیوه های دیدن؛ شیوه های نگاه؛ نویسنده: جان برگر (جان برجر)؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: از ششم فوریه تا دوم مارس سال 2013 میلادیعنوان: شیوه های نگریستن؛ نویسنده: جان برگر (جان برجر)؛ مترجم: غلامحسین فتح الله نوری؛ تهران، و...
  • Riku Sayuj
    If you are really impatient, you may go and see Trevor's brilliant review for this book. Otherwise you may wait a few weeks for mine - I don't think it would be fair to review the book without seeing the documentary.
  • Stephen
    2007 wrote: This book, based on a television series, explores how the art world of now has come to be by exploring what art was to humans in the past. The theories presented are very interesting and are posed with pictorial references that do very well to prove points. One interesting chapter deals exclusively with the 'Nude' in art overtime. Overtime it has been reviled, reveared, copied, censored, hidden, hoarded and abstracted. Another great c...
  • Deborah Palmer
    This book though initially written in 1972 is still relevant to the reader today especially the essays dealing with the way women are seen in society. It is composed of seven essys, four use words and images, three only images. It discusses how women are view in society with an emphasis and concentration on European or Western culture. The images are from ads and famous European paintings. Being that I work in a museum and see paintings all day l...
  • Malihe bayat
    کسی که این کتاب رو بهم هدیه داد در موردش گفت که "این کتاب با تمام کم حجم و کوتاه بودنش یکی از بهترین کتاباییه که خوندم" منم در موردش همین رو میتونم بگم. کتاب شرح رک و پوست کنده ای از تصاویر به خصوص نقاشی های رنگ و روغن دوران رنسانس و ردپای سرمایه داری و ق...
  • Taha
    Bu kitap John Berger'in BBC'de yayımlanmış belgeselinin yazılı hali.(Tam olarak değil.) Kitapta resimler üzerinden hayatın birçok noktasına değiniliyor. Kültürümüzde tablolara karşı pek ilgi olmadığından genelde herkes yüzeysel bakar. (Ben de) Hatta birçok dizide bunun parodisi yapılmıştır. Bu kitap sayesinden eski dönem tablolarına bakışım daha da değişti. Resimlerin derinlerinde yatan ne çok anlam varmış meğ...
  • صان
    فکر میکردم قراره یک کتاب آلندوباتنی باشه درباره دیدن و نحوه تحلیل آثار هنری. اما بحثاش کمی عمیقتر و سختدرکتر بود و شاید کمی تخصصیتر. برای کسی میتونست جذاب باشه که علاقه به تاریخ هنر و فلسفه هنر داشته باشه. بخش سوماش رو کمتر میفهمیدم اما بخشهای دیگه ب...
  • Megankellie
    On the top floor in the Strand Bookstore in New York, I saw a self-consciously bored worker show a struggling-to-be-bored kid with his mom to the art table. The worker was like "well, you need this, and this, and this" and I realized the kid must be in art school and the worker must have graduated pretty recently. The worker was like "have you read Ways of Seeing? By John Berger?" and wanted to have geeky enthusiasm, but kept her eyes half closed...
  • Narjes Dorzade
    .اگر کتاب رو خوندید و یا حتی نخوندید . حتما مستند " راه های نگریستن " رو که خود جان برجر ساخته ببنید . مستند بی نظیری که حتی جامع تر از کتابه ..ممنون آقای جان برجر بیشتر برای مستند ❤
  • M.
    Böyle şahane bir kitabı siyah beyaz basan Metis'i kınıyorum. Tamamen tablolarla dolu bir kitabı siyah beyaz basmak... Akıl alır şey değil.
  • Zuberino
    জন বারজার কয়েকদিন আগেই মারা গেলেন। পেরিফেরাল ভিশনে থাকা বিখযাত লোকের মত তার মৃতযুসংবাদ নজরে পড়ে - কিনতু তখনো তার কোন বই পড়া হয় নাই। আর সব কিছু ছাপায় তো আসলে এই বইটাই - ১৯৭২ স...
  • Mina
    If you think you like looking art and going to galleries - ha - then you need to take a minute to read and listen to this conversation Berger is going to have with you.Link to the documentary (which I definitely recommend you watch to supplement the reading of the text): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4...Will add my proper in-depth review of this later (as it really does deserve one). For now, I will just say that Berger makes us think: he ...
  • Peycho Kanev
    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 words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.* * *Publicity is the life of this culture – in so far as without publ...
  • Syd Amir
    آیا به راستی مورخان و منتقدان، هنر را بیش از حد پیچیده و مبهم نمیکنند؟ایا مفاهیم انتزاعی متون آکادمیک مربوط به هنر مانع از تجربه ی انضمامی و دست اول هنر نمیشوند؟ آیا مورخان نقش نظام های طبقاتی و مسایل اقتصادی، نقش امیال اقشار مرفه جامعه را در خط دهی ...
  • Jimmy
    A book about basic visual literacy, with 7 essays, 3 of them containing only images. It's not that he's original... he borrows a lot ideas from Walter Benjamin and Claude Levi-Strauss, but that he explains it in clear, easy language, with examples.The chapter about oil painting was especially illuminating for me, as I had never understood how to tell a "great" oil painting from a mediocre one, having no context in which to see them. But Berger he...
  • Miss Ravi
    کتابی نبود که انتظار داشتم. درسته که دقیقاً داشت شیوههای نگریستن رو بررسی میکرد اما تحلیلهاش طوری نبود که بتونم ازش چیزی یاد بگیرم. و در آخر چیزی دستم رو بگیره. فصل اول یهجورایی ادامهای بود بر مقالهی «اثر هنری در عصر بازتولید مکانیکی»ِ والتر بنیامین...
  • cypt
    Mixed feelings. Pradžia buvo visiškai nostabi, po kas antro sakinio žymėdavausi ką nors paraštėje, bet po to kažkaip atšalau. Bet visgi apskritai gera. Kaip kažkas komentaruose rašė - puikus high-school įvadas į kritinę teoriją. Aš jau nebe high-school, bet, matyt, įvadas nepamaišo :)Nežiūrėjau serialo, pagal kurį parengta knyga, tai viskas buvo šviežia (sort of). Esmė - Bergeris ir 4 jo kolegos (neįtraukti ant viršeli...
  • Umut
    Ocak ayında kaybettiğimiz John Berger'in BBC için hazırladığı programın araştırma kitabı bu. İsteyenler youtube üzerinden bu 4 bölümlük mini diziyi izleyebilirler. Şahsen ben o diziyi izledikten sonra bu kitabı öğrendim. BBC serisi beni daha çok etkilese de kitap ayrıntılı bilgiler içeriyor.Dizilere paralel şekilde 4 ana bölümü var:Özellikle fotoğraf makinesi ve kopyalama olanaklarının artması nedeniyle imgelerin...
  • Dorotea
    The book contains a series of essays, all related to art. I read this collection right after having come back from London – having spent days surrounded by art works. I had a million thoughts about art itself and museums, and art works in museums. I wrote out some of my thoughts and then came across some of the same ideas in this insightful beautiful booklet. Perhaps this is why I feel so strongly towards the first of the essays. Nevertheless, ...
  • Michael Dipietro
    It's been a while since I read 'Ways of Seeing' for school, but I hated it. Why? In the most simple way, because Berger talks again and again about demystification, yet I found his book to be thinly veiled Socialist propaganda. His Marxist interpretations of paintings can be extremely simplistic and one-sided - making you feel dumb for wanting to appreciate an artwork for its beauty or value as a cultural artifact. All in all, it reads like a tex...
  • Diz
    This book really made me think about how to view art. In particular, the connection between the oil paintings of the last few hundred years and advertising images was something I had never thought about. This book also presents some insightful criticisms of the use of nudes in traditional art.
  • Jeremy
    Almost laughably disappointing. Berger obviously has the best of intentions, but his analysis is amateurish at best, pathetically reactionary (almost to the point of seeming to whine) at worst, and largely cribbed from thinkers of far greater intellectual originality and power than himself.For starters, he seems either ignorant of or unwilling to admit that what we broadly call 'mainstream visual art' is, was, and quite likely almost always has b...
  • Lucinda
    "Seeing comes before words.” Ways of reading - - meaning/ analysis. Personal perspective and context of writing or image. There is a divergence between looking and seeing art and literature. Such as, if one were to apply Marxist literary criticism (Ideology) when examining a work of art. Art is in essence propaganda, thus what it represents is a statement/ critique of capitalism and social hierarchy. If one observes the surface value or faça...
  • Holly McIntyre
    I finally pulled this "oldie but goodie" off my shelf and read it. I wish I had years ago.Although the examples from its 1970s origin are dated, its thesis is perhaps even more valid today than then: Oil painting emerged just as the Western world entered the era of capitalism and imperialism. The technique of perspective makes the viewer the center of all he (yes, Virginia, "he") sees, just as "Western man" viewed the resources of the world. Oil ...
  • Jule
    I read this book in an AMTRAK train from the Bay Area to Portland. It was eye-opening :). Some of the essays are pictures only, pictures of paintings. The book is a little older, to me it portrays the spirit of its time, I enjoyed quite a few surprising moments. It definitely brightened my train ride through the night. All this Marxist vocab...As the title suggests, "Ways of Seeing" is about the ways we see. How our mind is formed through society...
  • Faryal
    Read this for my Composition class. Its a great read when first read since his main ideas stand out, have clarity, and are verified (to some degree), however re-reading it introduces the more "radical" ideas. In his essay he raises the idea of "mysticification." Which is great and all but he chooses to not define it. I had to keep going back trying to find a definition in context however failed. He seems to switch it around a lot.My Composition p...