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About looking

1st American ed.

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Published by Pantheon Books in New York .
Written in English

About the Edition

This successor to John Berger's Ways of Seeing, written over the last ten years, searches for meaning within and beyond what is looked at. Why do zoos disappoint children? Why do we take snapshots of those we love? How do the media use photographs of agony? When an animal looks us in the eyes, what does that look mean? Berger describes how a sixteenth-century masterpiece he saw in the 1960s comes to look different to him a decade later. He discusses how a forest looks to a woodcutter; how fields look to a peasant; how the world looks to a nineteenth-century barber's son; how New York looked to immigrants; and how each of these perspectives was reflected in the struggles of a particular painter. Every painting he considers, whether by Millet, Courbet, Turner, Magritte, Fasanella, or Francis Bacon, is evidence of an experience which belongs as fully to life as to art. (back cover copy)

First Sentence

The 19th century, in western Europe and North America, saw the beginning of a process, today being completed by 20th century corporate capitalism, by which every tradition which has previously mediated between man and nature was broken.

Table of Contents

Why Look at Animals? 1
Uses of Photography
The Suit and the Photograph 27
Potographs of Agony 37
Paul Strand 41
Uses of Photography 48
Moments Lived
The Primitive and the Professional 64
Millet and the Peasant 69
Seker Ahmet and the Forest 79
Lowry and the Industrial North 87
Ralph Fasanella and the City 96
La Tour and Humanism 103
Francis Bacon and Walt Disney 111`
Article of Faith 119
Between Two Colmars 127
Courbet and the Jura 134
Turner and the Barber's Shop 142
Rouault and the Suburbs of Paris 149
Magritte and the Impossible 155
Hals and Bankruptcy 162
Giacometti 171
Rodin and Sexual Domination 177
Lomaine Lorquet 185
Field 192


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
N71 .B398 1980

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198 p. :
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0394511247, 0394739078
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