Ways of Seeing was broadcast in four parts in 1972. Part One was inspired by Walter Benjamin’s seminal essay ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’. Part Two set out to question how women had been seen and represented in European paintings, especially the tradition of ‘The Nude’. Part Three developed Berger’s analysis of class and power and the role of the spectator/owner. Part Four explored the way seductive tropes and traditions of European painting had been incorporated into consumer advertising.
It is thanks to Mike Dibb, the series producer, that these programmes can still be viewed.