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Author: John Berger
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [1980]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"As a novelist, art critic, and cultural historian, John Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight whose work amounts to a subtle, powerful critique of the canons of our civilization. In About Looking he explores our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see. How do the animals we look at in zoos remind us of a relationship between man and beast all but lost in the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Berger, John.
About looking.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1980
(OCoLC)569612369
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Berger
ISBN: 0394511247 9780394511245 0394739078 9780394739076
OCLC Number: 5799637
Description: 198 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Why look at animals? --
Uses of photography: The suit and the photograph --
Photographs of agony --
Paul Strand --
Uses of photography --
Moments lived: the primitive and the professional --
Millet and the peasant --
Seker Ahmet and the Forest --
Lowry and the industrial North --
Ralph Fasanella and the city --
La Tour and humanism --
Francis Bacon and Walt Disney --
Article of faith --
Between two Colmars --
Courbet and the Jura --
Turner and the barber's shop --
Rouault and the suburbs of Paris --
Magritte and the impossible --
Hals and bankruptcy --
Giacometti --
Rodin and sexual domination --
Romaine Lorquet --
Field.
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"As a novelist, art critic, and cultural historian, John Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight whose work amounts to a subtle, powerful critique of the canons of our civilization. In About Looking he explores our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see. How do the animals we look at in zoos remind us of a relationship between man and beast all but lost in the twentieth century? What is it about looking at war photographs that doubles their already potent violence? How do the nudes of Rodin betray the threats to his authority and potency posed by clay and flesh? And how does solitude inform the art of Giacometti? In asking these and other questions, Berger quietly - but fundamentally - alters the vision of anyone who reads his work."--Pub. desc.

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