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John Berger
(1926-____) born on
Nov 5
English painter, teacher, art critic. He began his career as a painter and teacher of drawing; became art critic for the "Tribune," and "New Statesman."
         
   
F
Ours is the century of enforced travel. . . of disappearances. The century of people helplessly seeing others, who were close to them, disappear over the horizon.

R
Glamor cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and widespread emotion.
A
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
N
I can't tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that often art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past suffered, so that it has never been forgotten. . . .
K
"The spectator-buyer is meant to envy herself as she will become if she buys the product. She is meant to imagine herself transformed by the product into an object of envy for others, an envy which will then justify her loving herself.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," in Expressen (Stockholm, 3 Nov. 1990; repr. in Keeping a Rendezvous, 1992).
R: "Ways of Seeing," ch. 7. 1972.
A: "About Looking, "Uses of Photography (1980).
N: "Miners," exhibition catalogue, 1989; in "Keeping a Rendezvous," 1992.
K: From an internet collection of quotations by the Department of Advertising, the University of Texas at Austin.
   


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