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About looking

1st American ed.
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This edition was published in by Pantheon Books in New York.

Written in English

198 pages

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)

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1991, Vintage International
in English - 1st Vintage International ed.
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About Looking
November 15, 1988, Random House USA Inc
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About looking
1980, Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative Ltd
in English
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1980, Writers & Readers Pub. Co.
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Cover of: About looking
About looking
1980, Pantheon Books
in English - 1st American ed.
Cover of: About looking
About looking
1980, Writers and Readers, 1980.
in English
Cover of: About looking
About looking
1980, Writers and Readers
in English

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About looking

First published in 1980



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."

Work Description

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)

About looking

1st American ed.

This edition was published in by Pantheon Books in New York.


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."

Edition Description

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)

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
701/.1/5
Library of Congress
N71 .B398 1980

The Physical Object

Pagination
198 p. :
Number of pages
198

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL4402288M
Internet Archive
aboutlooking00berg
ISBN 10
0394511247, 0394739078
LC Control Number
79003615
Goodreads
1300159
1300160

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