John Berger, Art Critic Known For 'Ways of Seeing', Remembered

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    John Berger

Influential English art critic, essayist, poet, playwright and novelist John Berger, who lived mostly in France, has died at age 90. His 1970s Ways of Seeing BBC television series, also a book, opened up new ideas about viewing art and culture.

Among his many publications, Berger's novel G. won the Booker Prize in 1972.

"Nothing in the nature around us is evil," Berger wrote in an essay. "This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature."

A few more Berger quotes as compiled by the Guardian:

"The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.”

"What makes photography a strange invention – with unforeseeable consequences – is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”

"You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting Vanity, thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for your own pleasure.”

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