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Understanding a Photograph (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Berger, John]
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This is a series of Berger's essays, arranged chronologically, about photography's role in the shaping of society.--Jack Crager "American Photo "

This new selection of more than 20 essays, edited by Geoff Dyer and including previously uncollected pieces, is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the power of this ubiquitous medium. Spanning some 40 years, they include pieces on the 1967 photograph of Che Guevara's corpse, on the meaning of photographs...on the shock effect of war images... There are also typically insightful pieces on Paul Strand, W Eugene Smith, Andre Kertesz and Henri Cartier-Bresson... As ever with Berger's writing, the theoretical is always informed by politics and a deeply felt humanity.--PD Smith "The Guardian "

This is a series of Berger's essays, arranged chronologically, about photography's role in the shaping of society. "American Photo"

This new selection of more than 20 essays, edited by Geoff Dyer and including previously uncollected pieces, is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the power of this ubiquitous medium. Spanning some 40 years, they include pieces on the 1967 photograph of Che Guevara's corpse, on the meaning of photographs on the shock effect of war images There are also typically insightful pieces on Paul Strand, W. Eugene Smith, Andre Kertesz and Henri Cartier-Bresson As ever with Berger's writing, the theoretical is always informed by politics and a deeply felt humanity. "The Guardian" "

About the Author

John Berger is a novelist, poet, screenwriter, and critic. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including To the Wedding, About Looking, and G., for which he was awarded the Booker Prize. Among his best-known works is the television series and book Ways of Seeing. He has received prestigious awards for his writing, including the Petrarca-Preis and a Golden PEN Award.

Geoff Dyer is the author of "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, "among other novels, and several nonfiction books, including "Out of Sheer Rage". He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 for "Otherwise Known as the Human Condition". He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3160 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DOMGXAW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I was very disappointed with this book, after admiring and learning much from the same author's "Ways' of Seeing".

There is some interesting stuff in here, but it is the history and politics that are interesting. It is not really about the photography.

To be totally honest I would describe much of the book, very uncharitably, as "pseudo-intellectual claptrap".

Sorry Mr. Berger, I had expected better.
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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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all fine.
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Berger at his best
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A way of seeing.
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