Thursday, January 5, 2017

John Berger (5 November 1926 – 2 January 2017) RIP

The art critic and novelist John Berger has died at the age of ninety. Berger was best known for the television series and complementing book Ways of Seeing (1972), Berger's writing  dealt with numerous subjects in the arts. His 1972 novel, G, was awarded the Man Booker Prize. 
Ways of Seeing was a  BBC four-part television series of 30-minute films created chiefly by writer John Berger and producer Mike Dibb. Berger's scripts were adapted into a book of the same name. The series and book criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The book Ways of Seeing was written by Berger and Dibb, along with Sven Blomberg, Chris Fox, and Richard Hollis. The book consists of seven numbered essays: four using words and images; and three essays using only images. The book has contributed to feminist readings of popular culture, through essays that focus particularly on how women are portrayed in advertisements and paintings.

Ways of Seeing is a available on YouTube, you can view the first of the series HERE.

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