Uses of Photography by John Berger

  • Year2014
  • LanguageRussian
  • Edition3000
  • Pages240
  • BindingPaperback
Garage publishing program in collaboration with Ad Marginem Press

Through the prism of photography, Berger’s writings explore the relationship between the individual and society, personal experience and global historical events, as well as the political and cultural development of the individual.

Uses of Photography by John Berger


Uses of Photography is a collection of essays by one of the most influential authors of the late 20th century. John Berger’s field of research is marked by an astounding variety of topics and encompasses a wide array of contemporary cultural phenomena. In his essays, he reveals the interconnections between the individual and the society, political and cultural development, personal experience and global historical events. The collection invites readers to acquaint themselves with both the key works of the author, and with the content of his lesser-known essays and critical articles. Among the objects under study are the revolutionary nature of Cubism, the essence of mass protest, the functions of the museum of the future, and the politicized media; attention is also focused on such celebrated names as Walter Benjamin, Francis Bacon, and Vladimir Mayakovsky. 

A poet and outstanding thinker, Berger creates texts that are dialectically complex in content and simultaneously rich in expressive elements. True enjoyment can be derived from the beauty and clarity of his language. This book is heartily recommended to all those who wish to open up new facets for understanding the varied aspects of contemporary art and culture.


John Berger (1926–2017) is an English writer, painter and art critic. His novel G won the 1972 Booker prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing – written as an accompaniment to the BBC Documentary series of the same name – is still widely used as an essential academic reading. A staunch Marxist, Berger devoted enormous time and effort to studying labor migration in Europe and the decline of the European peasantry. Berger has also written a survey about Ernst Neizvestny entitled Art and Revolution: Endurance and the Role of the Artist