Ways of Seeing John Berger

Ways of seeing

Written by John Berger, published in 1973

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 word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language


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