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The story of looking.

Author: Mark Cousins
Publisher: Edinburgh : Canongate Books Ltd. 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Looking can be an act of empathy or aggression. It can provoke desire or express it. And from the blurry, edgeless world we inhabit as infants to the landscape of screens we grow into, looking can define us. In 'The Story of Looking', filmmaker and writer Mark Cousins takes us on a lightning-bright tour - in words and images - through how our looking selves develop over the course of a lifetime, and the ways that  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Cousins
ISBN: 9781782119111 1782119116
OCLC Number: 1016593577
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 432 pages : illustrations, 24 cm
Contents: Starting to look: focus, space and colour --
Developing looking: eye contact, movement, landscape and emotion --
Looking, self, home and design: the things nearby --
Growing up looking: desire, abstraction and God --
Looking and cities: vicinity and vista --
Expanding horizons from the middle ages onwards: trade, crusade, empire and conquest --
Looking and science: not imposing a story --
Image war and the power of looking in the 1500s and 1600s: Protestantism, the Baroque, the Ottomans and Versailles --
What lies beneath: laughing and tears --
Looking and the 1700s: Grand Tours, enlightenment, industry, revolution and flight --
Looking and the early 1800s: Romanticism, America, railroads and photography --
The transparent eyeball; looking and the late 1800s: literature, light bulbs, Impressionism, cinema and sport --
The sliced eyeball of the early twentieth century, part 1: microcosms, time and Tutankhamun --
The sliced eyeball of the early twentieth century, part 2: protest, Modernisms, skyscrapers and advertising --
The twentieth century losing its realness?: motorways, war, TV, celebrity and want see --
The twenty-first century and everywhere: skype, surveillance, virtual and augmented realities --
The unseen; looking back; looking and dying; being looked at.
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An investigation into the elements of looking, combining art and science and painting a portrait of our culture, by critically-acclaimed writer and filmmaker Mark Cousins  Read more...

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A wide-ranging history of looking, you will gaze at it in wonder -- Ian Sansom * * Guardian * * A history of the human gaze . . . Illuminating . . . Roams freely across history, art, film, Read more...

 
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