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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141392029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141392028
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.7 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

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.


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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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