Art critic and famous author John Berger has died at the age of 90.
Famous author John Berger was best-known for Ways of Seeing, a TV show which criticises western cultural aesthetics, but he also won the Booker Prize for his novel “G”. He won a hefty amount of money for this prize and so he donated half the prize money to the radical African-American movement, the Black Panthers. His editor Tom Overton, who is writing Berger’s biography, said the writer “let us know that art would enrich our lives”.
Berger was born on the 5th November 1926 in Hackney, north London, and began his career as a painter. John Berger had a wonderful way of winking, his friends tell Radio 4’s Today. Soon after his work was exhibited in the 1940s, he turned his hand to writing. Which then the famous author’s work varied from poetry to screenplays, writings on photography, the exploitation of migrant workers and the Palestinian struggle for statehood.
Mr Overton, who edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists and Landscapes: John Berger on Art, said: “John Berger said his great themes were the experience of exile and the disastrous relationship between art and property. “So it feels like we need him more than ever at the moment. But he also said some books get younger with time, and I know many of his will.
Renowned famous author John Berger’s 1972 programme Ways of Seeing changed the way many of us saw art, as he argued that the advent of mass media fundamentally altered our perception of artistry. The programme was to become archetypal and highly influential but would not be made today as audiences have changed throughout time. He challenged convention, the establishment and us. He had the eye of an artist, intellect of an academic, and charisma of a born performer.
He was though, above all, a writer and story teller, enriching our lives with his novels, poetry and criticism showing us how to see, not as individuals but together. Others added that his legacy is one of encouragement and hope, and a massively diverse range of work in all genres. And he showed us how to see art not as a relay race of individual geniuses but as a kind of companionship.
Berger’s Bafta award-winning BBC TV series Ways of Seeing became regarded as one of the most influential art programmes ever made.
All of these aspects of his life made great achievements in the world of art and literature, he changed the way many of us see art, giving us a younger, fresher look upon it. Sadly, however, the famous author has died peacefully at his home in Paris.