John Berger

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John Peter Berger (5 November 1926, London, England – 2 January 2017, Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France) was an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to the BBC series of the same name, was influential. He lived in France for over fifty years.




  • The Success and Failure of Picasso, Penguin, 1965, 210 pp; New York: Pantheon, 1965; upd., new pref., New York: Pantheon, 1989, xviii+220 pp; repr., New York: Vintage, 1993, EPUB, ARG. A critical assessment of Picasso and his work. [1] (English)
    • La réussite et l'échec de Picasso, trans. Jacqueline Bernard, Paris: Denoël, 1968, 285 pp. (French)
    • Ascensión y caída de Picasso, trans. Manuel de la Escalera, Madrid: Akal, 1973, 174 pp. (Spanish)
    • Glanz und Elend des Malers Pablo Picasso, trans. Anna Stolz, Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 1973. (German)
    • Picasson nousu ja tuho, trans. Mirja Rutanen, Love-kirjat, 1985. (Finnish)
    • Picasso'nun Başarısı ve Başarısızlığı, Istanbul: Metis, 1986; 2nd ed., 1992; 3rd ed., 1999, EPUB; 5th ed., 2010. (Turkish)
    • Picasso: framgångar och misslyckanden, trans. Steve Sem-Sandberg, Stockholm: Bromberg, 1989, 265 pp. (Swedish)
    • Bikasuo de cheng bai [畢卡索的成敗], Taipei: Yuan liu chu ban shi ye gu fen you xian gong si, 2005, 241 pp. (Chinese)
    • Fama y soledad de Picasso, Madrid: Alfaguara, 2013, 250 pp. (Spanish)
  • Ways of Seeing, BBC and Penguin, 1972; 1977, 165 pp.
    • Modos de veer, trans. Lúcia Olinto, Rio de Janeiro: Rocco, 1999. (Portuguese)
    • Modos de ver, Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 2000, Scribd. (Spanish)
  • About Looking, 1980.
  • Photocopies, 1996.
  • The Shape of a Pocket, New York: Vintage Books, 2001, EPUB.
  • Selected Essays, ed. Geoff Dyer, Vintage, 2001; 2003.
  • "Into the Woods", in The Sublime, ed. Simon Morley, 2010, pp 125-127.
  • Understanding a Photograph, ed. & intro. Geoff Dyer, Aperture, 2013, 256 pp.


  • Peter Fuller, Seeing Berger. A Revaluation of ways of Seeing, Writers and Readers, 1980.
  • Mark Durden (ed.), Fifty Key Writers on Photography, Routledge, 2013.