About Looking Epub Ú Paperback

About Looking Epub Ú Paperback


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  1. Trevor Trevor says:

    One of the strangest things in life is the way that things you had never heard of only a couple of months before can suddenly appear everywhere Now, while that is quite to be expected with, say, that K Pop guy pretending to ride a horse, I minterested in things like the most famous article in this collection, Why Look At AnimalsI only really discovered Berger last year and his seminal work Ways of Seeing Then my daughter was doing her honours year and was doing research into Japanese f One of the strangest things in life is the way that things you had never heard of only a couple of months before can suddenly appear everywhere Now, while that is quite to be expected with, say, that K Pop guy pretending to ride a horse, I minterested in things like the most famous article in this collection, Why Look At AnimalsI only really discovered Berger last year and his seminal work Ways of Seeing Then my daughter was doing her honours year and was doing research into Japanese food and universal food taboos A lot of her research involved the images used to advertise meat in Japan essentially, lots of animals telling you just how delicious and nutritious they are Remember that pig like animal at the start of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe that was bred to want to be eaten I ve a feeling the Japanese might not quite get the rather uncomfortable joke involved in that chapter.But suddenly this Berger article has been mentioned everywhere I ve seen it mentioned at least four or five times in the last six months And rightly so, too, as it is a wonderful piece of writing He starts by saying that there was once a time when there was a symmetry in how we looked at animals and how animals looked at us However, this symmetry was never really complete as we have language and therefore self consciousness But language is an interesting thing too there are many who claim that language is a consequence of metaphor and that the first metaphors for humans were almost invariably animal metaphors This is really interesting, as totems form some of our earliest art forms cave paintings and wooden sculptures The relationship between humans and animals was once something of remarkable significance and a person s totem animal said something fundamental about the person, something we would struggle to say today in any form As he says repeatedly in his essay, there was a time when the boundaries between what is human and what is animal were almost impossible to separate.Things tended to change after Descartes this was due to the fact that animals lacked souls, and so were incapable of thinking and therefore of having a true ground for their existence his I think therefore I am This made animals merely machines The continuation of this into Darwinian evolution where, again, animals are too often seen as lower rungs on a ladder leading up to us alienates them again from us The industrial revolution is in large part a movement away from animals as companions as similar forms They have become, instead, inputs Factory farms being the clearest example of this The horse behind the plough has an existence and a necessity, a reality, which simply doesn t exist for the caged chicken The only animals we have real relationships with now are our pets but pets are anything but real animals We have made them into strange humans mute and generally completely isolated from their own kind now they have no kind Whatever they are they are not really animal, and yet, not really human either.And then there is us propped up in our cages, sitting in our offices He quotes Taylor and his vision of a class of workers as being dumb as oxen As animals have become soulless in our brave new world, so have we.But what is particularly interesting is that as animals have been movedandto the periphery of human existence, moved out of our day to day lives, they have been placed into zoos This is the place where we go to look at animals now but what is it that we see Not really the animals Generally, what we really see is a lethargic lump sleeping in a corner Sure, the cages have becomerealistic now than they were when this was written but as good as the cages may become what you are not looking at is the animal The animal can only be the animal in its environment In zoos animals have become something quite other like pets before them, they have become stripped of their real meaning.This book would have been much harder to read in the days before google Now when he mentions a painting or and artist I ve never heard of before I can quickly google them and there is their work This beats the crap out of the terrible black and white reproductions supplied here by Bloomsbury This year South Australia and then Canberra will be holding an exhibition of Turner s paintings I m pretty excited Somehow I m going to get over to see the exhibition in one or other of these galleries Anyway, there is a wonderful article here on Turner He says that Turner s father was a barber and that that being a muchbloody occupation then, he claims that many of his paintings are about water turning to blood a Biblical reference from Revelations and links this too to his use of the palette knife and when you think of his sunsets over water There is an amazing discussion of his painting Snow Storm was actually in a storm at sea just like this not just in it, he actually had himself tied to a mast so as to be able to observe it You know, like Ulysses Turner may have been seriously up himself, but he sure could paint.This is a short book and some of it was quite slow reading for me I m not as familiar with some of the artists as I should be but this guy really can think He caught me a few times with my oh, yes, of course response one of my favourite responses to any book Lovely essays by a fascinating man


  2. Brynn Brynn says:

    All theories of ultimate origin are only ways of better defining what followed 8 The photographic moment for Strand is a biographical or historic moment, whose duration is ideally measured not by seconds but by its relation to a lifetime Strand does not pursue an instant, but encourages a moment to arise as one might encourage a story to be told 47 What served in place of the photograph before the camera s invention The expected answer is the engraving, the drawing, the painting The All theories of ultimate origin are only ways of better defining what followed 8 The photographic moment for Strand is a biographical or historic moment, whose duration is ideally measured not by seconds but by its relation to a lifetime Strand does not pursue an instant, but encourages a moment to arise as one might encourage a story to be told 47 What served in place of the photograph before the camera s invention The expected answer is the engraving, the drawing, the painting Therevealing answer might be memory What photographs do out there in space was previously done with reflection 54 For the photographer this means thinking of her or himself not so much as a reporter to the rest of the world but, rather, as a recorder for those involved in the events photographed The distinction is crucial 62 The virtuoso performance of the oil painting assembles all aspects of the visible to conduct them to a single point the point of view of the empirical onlooker And it insists that such a view constitutes visibility itself Graphic work, with its limited means, ismodest it only claims a single aspect of visual experience, and therefore is adaptable to different uses 85 Thus there is a close parallel between pictorial representations of space and the ways in which stories are told 90 It would then be far less possible to localize his work, either geographically or historically emotions are alwaysgeneral than circumstances 101 Thus each painting offers, not an instant view, a postcard, but an amalgam of visual experience, a sequence of memories 104 A modern city, however, is not only a place, it is also in itself, long before it is painted, a series of images, a circuit of messages A city teaches and conditions by its appearances, its facades and its plan 104 Each window frames the locus of private or social activity Each frame contains the sign of a lived experience The triptych as a whole assembles the sum of these signs of experience, which are massed together according to a visible law of accumulation, brick upon brick, storey upon storey, window by window The city has grown like a honeycomb unlike a honeycomb each cell, each window looks different Yet these differences, which must express individual memories, hopes, choices, despair, cancel each other out and each set is always replaceable 105 No artist s work is reducible to the independent truth like the artist s life or yours or mine the life s work constitutes its own valid or worthless truth Explanations, analyses, interpretation, are nothan frames or lenses to help the spectator focus his attentionsharply on the work The only justification for criticism is that it allows us to seeclearly 141 No wonder that what Turner admired in painting was the ability to cast doubt, to throw into mystery Rembrandt, he said admiringly, threw a mysterious doubt over the meanest piece of common 152 There is nothing like alcohol for making one believe that the self one is presenting is one s true, up to now always hidden, self 172 All art, which is based on a close observation of nature, eventually changes the way nature is seen Either it confirmsstrongly an already established way of seeing nature or it proposes a new way 196 All events exist as definable events by virtue of their relation to other events 204


  3. Amari Amari says:

    I had some difficulty with the longer essays in the first section of the book, but strangely, I discovered after limping through a few pages at a time, week after week that I was reading the book with too great attention I needed to take it somehow less seriously in order to receive the intended content and not become mired in the individual sentences I find many of Berger s provocative social statements very attractive and, in equal measure, tough Even with my spotty knowledge of art hi I had some difficulty with the longer essays in the first section of the book, but strangely, I discovered after limping through a few pages at a time, week after week that I was reading the book with too great attention I needed to take it somehow less seriously in order to receive the intended content and not become mired in the individual sentences I find many of Berger s provocative social statements very attractive and, in equal measure, tough Even with my spotty knowledge of art history, I was able to gain significant insight into the artists discussed in the short essays I was not terribly impressed by the long response to Sontag s _On Photography_ which book I found utterly maddening The only large problem I had with this book is that Vintage did a horrible, lousy job of reproducing the examples of photos and paintings The pictures are so poor that they might as well not be there at all One really cannot even make them out in most cases I don t know what excuse there could be for this.Overall, a very worthwhile read, and one that encouraged me to consider varying my style of reading in certain sorts of texts


  4. Adam Adam says:

    If you re new to Berger or to the art world in general , I recommend skipping this and instead picking up Ways of Seeing That collection is faraccessible to a general audience About Looking is full of Berger s insightful and impressive commentary on art and photography And the collection Uses of Photography in this work is a good read for those who make their living behind the lens Where this edition fails, for me, is in its lack of illustrative plates My knowledge of art his If you re new to Berger or to the art world in general , I recommend skipping this and instead picking up Ways of Seeing That collection is faraccessible to a general audience About Looking is full of Berger s insightful and impressive commentary on art and photography And the collection Uses of Photography in this work is a good read for those who make their living behind the lens Where this edition fails, for me, is in its lack of illustrative plates My knowledge of art history is limited, so when Berger cites a painting, I don t have an image stored in my memory to attach to his essay I need to see what he s talking about.And I have mixed feelings about the final essay, Field Berger s observations are right on, but I m not sure I want the aesthetic experience of being in a field or witnessing the action in an adjacent field to be a conscious experience I would sooner experience it viscerally and intellectualize it only in retrospect


  5. Daniel Wright Daniel Wright says:

    When explaining a work of art, Berger manages to be exquisitely precise and endlessly suggestive His words somehow translate the visual beauty into beauty on the page, and leave the reader that same feeling of having glimpsed something unworldly and beyond explanation.


  6. John Madera John Madera says:

    John Berger s About Looking is a smart, impassioned, eloquent, and illuminating collection of essays Highlights for me the essay Why Look at Animals, a reread the section on photography and the essays on Francis Bacon, Giacometti, and Rodin Suffused throughout is Berger s welcome Marxist humanism, reflected in his keen attention to and advocacy for the oppressed and otherwise marginalized.


  7. Indfusion Indfusion says:

    Well I bought this book for the photo essays, I loved it for all the essays Very insightful and well written, it, as good criticism does, made me feel my ignorance of that which I didn t know which was a lot and made me want to learnI should have read it before traveling Paris and Florence I could have appreciated my museum visits all theand learned where to look I will read his other art books as well.


  8. Jase Jase says:

    Why Look at Animals and Between Two Colmars are both stellar essays that, since reading, I think about frequently The rest I could take or leave.


  9. Lysergius Lysergius says:

    This is the second book by John Berger I have had the good fortune to read A collection of essays dealing with a variety of issues related to the way in which humans observe the world The book falls into three sections the largest, the last, dealing specifically with artistic perception.


  10. sdw sdw says:

    Berger s book is a series of short essays each originally published as a column inNew Societyexamining the act of looking at visual culture I picked this book up to assist in a project analyzing the right to look in several food studies texts The first essay, suggested by the cover, engages the act of looking at Zoo animals and Berger s contention that zoo animals do no look back at us This is the only essay I found really helpful for my project I may have had a different experience Berger s book is a series of short essays each originally published as a column inNew Societyexamining the act of looking at visual culture I picked this book up to assist in a project analyzing the right to look in several food studies texts The first essay, suggested by the cover, engages the act of looking at Zoo animals and Berger s contention that zoo animals do no look back at us This is the only essay I found really helpful for my project I may have had a different experience of Berger s work had I read it for a different reason Berger intervenes in studies of photography and art painting, sculpture, etc bringing a marxist frame to various acts of looking engaged at by artist and audience I found myself most engaged when he discussed a subject I already knew something about like Rodin The essays are short and readable


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About Looking [PDF / Epub] ☃ About Looking ✑ John Berger – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 civilizat 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.

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • About Looking
  • John Berger
  • English
  • 06 January 2019
  • 0679736557

About the Author: John Berger

John Peter Berger was an English art critic, novelist, painter and author His novel G won the Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a BBC series, is often used as a college textLater he was self exiled to continental Europe, living between the french Alps in summer and the suburbs of Paris in winter Since then, his production has increased considerably, including a variety of genres, from novel to social essay, or poetry One of the most common themes that appears on his books is the dialectics established between modernity and memory and loss, Another of his most remarkable works has been the trilogy titled Into Their Labours, that includes the books Pig Earth , Once In Europa Lilac And Flag With those books, Berger makes a meditation about the way of the peasant, that changes one poverty for another in the city This theme is also observed in his novel King, but there he focusesin the rural diaspora and the bitter side of the urban way of life.