Saturday, 11 October 2008


Ways of Seeing was a 1972 groundbreaking BBC television series that was created by John Berger, who later went on to publish a book of the same name. Against a backdrop of arts programmes that were generally traditional and classical in their themes, Berger tried to attack the method of interpreting art and critisise the traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. 

A pioneer in his own right, Berger managed to predict many developments in the art and design world by highlighting the importance of communication and the factors that affect the relationship between the maker and the looker and how both parties perceive an image.

BBC Four celebrated the forward thinking series this month with a night dedicated to showing the programmes to highlight how current and relevant its messages are to today's society.

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