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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141392029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141392028
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.9 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Berger was born in London in 1926. He is well known for his novels & stories as well as for his works of nonfiction, including several volumes of art criticism. His first novel, "A Painter of Our Time", was published in 1958, & since then his books have included the novel "G.", which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left Britain permanently, & he now lives in a small village in the French Alps.

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One of the most influential intellectuals of our time (Observer)

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John Berger was born in London in 1926. His acclaimed works of both fiction and non-fiction include the seminal Ways of Seeing and the novel G., which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left Britain permanently, and he now lives in a small village in the French Alps. Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and several non-fiction books. Winner of the Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters's E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is also a regular contributor to many publications in the UK and the US. He lives in London.

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By Ali on 10 Feb. 2015
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Thompson on 30 Sept. 2014
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Perhaps I am a little 'unfair' in giving John Berger's book 3 star rating, but I was disappointed in that Berger writes more about the political, social, and economic intent and content of photos and their creators than about photography itself, and very little about photography as an established art form. The early essays (the book is chronological and reflects Berger's long career of writing and viewing) are the most academic and acerbic, and in some ways they seem 'soul-less'. The later pieces reflect a mellower, more humane and philosophical expression. Perhaps this kind of life and career developmental progression would true of most of us; indeed hopefully it is. However, it is clear that Berger is regarded, and probably rightly, as a major figure in the literature of photography, and as such the book deserves a place on the shelf of any thoughtful photography student - young or old.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P.H.M. O'Mahony on 16 Mar. 2014
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Always worth reading, even if one doesn't always agree, his viewpoint is thoughtful and thought provoking. Worth dipping into his earlier works
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