Ways of Seeing
Why this book?
“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.” Ways Of Seeing is an absolutely seminal required read for anyone living today, immersed in a culture made of media. It was published in 1972, appropriately based on a television series since it is about how different forms of representation - and how we look at them - impacts how we think and how culture operates. Whilst it draws on critical theory it was written to be approachable and indeed went on to influence a whole new era in thinking about images in culture, power dynamics, and the male gaze. My mate Paul lent me his copy years ago and I never gave it back. Thanks Paul, and sorry.