Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Ways of Seeing

John Berger's Ways of Seeing "was a BBC television series consisting of visual essays that raise questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The series gave rise to a later book of the same name written by John Berger . . . made in 1972, the films come across as a puritan-groovy mix of Monty Python, the Open University and the Look Around You spoofs. And yet what's so remarkable about this series is that it seems more apposite, subversive and thought-provoking than ever. The Britain we glimpse in the films, already alienated by spooky BBC Radiophonic Workshop music by Delia Derbyshire, is alienated even more by the passing of time. Alienated usefully, in the Brechtian sense; we look at a capitalist society which is like, and unlike, our own."

Jolly Dee! And watchable in full here.

1 comment:

  1. love this book... a little treasure... love the picture essays..never saw the programme, will check it out now...