February 28, 2020

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Remembering John Berger: Ways of Seeing, Episode 1

Remembering John Berger: Ways of Seeing, Episode 1

Art critic John Berger has passed away yesterday. He was 90.

Ways of seeing, a BAFTA award-winning BBC series that saw John Berger as a crusader against traditional ways of seeing art, is regarded as one of the most influential art programmes ever made. Each series has a 30 minutes duration, and Berger’s scripts for the television series were adapted into a book of the same name.

The series and book criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images.

In this, the first film of the series, Berger examines the impact of photography on our appreciation of art from the past.


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