Ways of Seeing Ep.2 (1972)
had a profound influence on the popular understanding of art and the visual image. Berger’s approach to art came most directly into the public eye in Ways of Seeing, a four-part BBC TV series produced by Mike Dibb which preceded his book of the same name. Berger has a unique style of blending Marxist sensibility and art theory with attention to small gestures, scenes and personal stories.
The programmes brought to life and democratised scholarly ideas and texts through dramatic, often witty, visual techniques that raised searching questions about how images – from European oil painting to photography and modern advertising – inform and seep into everyday life and help constitute its inequities. What do we see? How are we seen? Might we see differently?