Boekentips week 2 2017 : John Berger

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Elke week schotelt de redactie van Krapuul je 5 boekentips voor. Tips die verband houden met artikelen die in de de voorafgaande week gepubliceerd zijn of gewoon een boek dat we de moeite waard vinden om als leestip aan te bieden.

Deze week staat geheel in het teken van het werk van John Berger die bij de aanvang van dit jaar op negentigjarige leeftijd is overleden.

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Tip1
pig-earthPig Earth
Auteur: John Berger

A fictional exposition and exploration of the crumbling foundation of traditional French peasant society and the uncomfortable implications of deracination in modern life

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Tip2
john-berger-on-artsJohn Berger on Artists
Auteur: John Berger

One of the world’s most celebrated art writers, John Berger takes us through centuries of art in this distinctive history that will enlighten and inspire. InPortraits, Berger connects art and history in revolutionary ways, from the prehistoric paintings of the Chauvet caves to Randa Mdah’s work about contemporary Palestine. In his penetrating and singular prose, Berger presents entirely new ways of thinking about art history, and artists both canonized and obscure,from Rembrandt, to Henry Moore, Jackson Pollock to Picasso. Throughout, Berger maintains the essential connection between politics, art and the wider study of culture. A beautifully illustrated walk through many centuries of visual culture from one of the contemporary world’s most incisive critical voices.

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Tip3
understanding-photographyUnderstanding a Photograph
Auteur: John Berger

John Berger’s writings on photography are some of the most original of the twentieth century. This selection contains many groundbreaking essays and previously uncollected pieces written for exhibitions and catalogues in which Berger probes the work of photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith – and the lives of those photographed – with fierce engagement, intensity and tenderness. The selection is made and introduced by Geoff Dyer, author of the award-winning The Ongoing Moment. How do we see the world around us? This is one of a number of pivotal works by creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision for ever.

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Tip4
ways-of-seeingWays of Seeing
Auteur: John Berger

John Berger’s Ways of Seeing changed the way people think about painting and art criticism. This watershed work shows, through word and image, how what we see is always influenced by a whole hose of assumptions concerning that nature of beauty, truth, civilization, form, taste, class and gender. Exploring the layers of meaning within oil paintings, photographs and graphic art, Berger argues that when we see, we are not just looking – we are reading the language of images.

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Tip5
7th-manA Seventh Man
A Book of Images and Words about the Experience of Migrant Workers in Europe
Auteur: John Berger

Why does the Western world look to migrant laborers to perform the most menial tasks? What compels people to leave their homes and accept this humiliating situation? In A Seventh Man, John Berger and Jean Mohr come to grips with what it is to be a migrant worker–the material circumstances and the inner experience–and, in doing so, reveal how the migrant is not so much on the margins of modern life, but absolutely central to it. First published in 1975, this finely wrought exploration remains as urgent as ever, presenting a mode of living that pervades the countries of the West and yet is excluded from much of its culture.

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