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Ways of Seeing - JOHN BERGER

Ways of Seeing - JOHN BERGER

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WAYS
OF
SEEING
JOHN BERGER
Seeing comes before words. The
child looks
and recognizes before it can speak.But there is
also
another sense in which seeingcomes before words.
It
is seeing which establishes our placein the surrounding
worid;
we explain that
worid
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
isnever settled.The Surrealist painter
Magritte
commentedon this
always-present
gap between words and seeing ina painting called The Key of Dreams.The way we see things is affected by what we
 
WAYS OF SEEING
sased
on the BBC
televisión
series with
JOHN BERGER
ait>
British Broadcasting Corporationand Penguin
Books
 
Note to the reader
Published
by the British Broadcasting Corporation. 35
Marylebone High
Street, London, W1 M 4AAISBN 978 0 563 122449and byPENGUIN BOOKSPublished by the
Penguin
GroupPenguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R ORL, EnglandPenguin
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Ltd, Cnr Rosedale and Airborne Roads, Albany, Auckland, New ZealandPenguin Books (South
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Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices' 80 Strand, London WC2R ORL. England
ISBN 978 0 14 013515 2First published in Great Britain by the British Broadcasting Corporation and Penguin Books Ltd
197240 39
38First published
in
the United States of America by The Viking Press (A Richard Seaver
Book) 1973
Published in Penauin Books in the United States of America
1977
Copyright in all countries of the International Copyright Union
1972
by Penguin Books Ltd
All
rights reservedPrinted
¡n
ChinaSet in
Monophoto
UniversExcept in the United States of America, this book is
sold
subjectto the condition that it
shall
not, by way of trade or otherwise, be
lent,
re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher'sprior
consent
in any
form
of binding or cover other than that inwhich it is published and without a similar condition including thiscondition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser
This book has been
made
by f ive of us. Ourstarting point was some of the ideas contained in the
televisión
series
Ways
of Seeing.
We
have
tried
to extend and
elabórate
these ideas. They have inf luenced not
only what
we say but
also how
we have set about trying to say it. The form of thebook is as
much
to do with our purpose as the argumentscontained
within
it.The book consists of seven numbered essays.They can be read in any order. Four of the essays use
words
and images, three of
them
use only images. These purelypictoriai essays (on ways of seeing
women
and on variouscontradictory aspects of the tradition of the
oil
painting) areintended to raise as
many
questions as the verbal essays.Sometimes in the pictoriai essays no information at all is givenabout the images reproduced because it
seemed
to us thatsuch information
might
distract
from
the points being made.
In
all cases, however, this information can be found in the Listof Works Reproduced which is printed at the end of the book.None of the essays pretends to
deal
with morethan certain aspects of each subject: particuiariy those aspectsthrown into relief by a
modern
historical consciousness.Our principal
aim
has been to start a process of questioning.

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