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Ways of Seeing Both John Berger and WJT Mitchell have written essays on perceptions and views on paintings and pictures John Berger wrote Ways of Seeing and Mitchell wrote The Photographic Essay Four Case Studies Both Mitchell and Berger have some of the same ideas and some different ideas Both essays show good examples on perception and mystification Berger wrote Ways of Seeing In this essay Berger makes many points about perception and mystification of Paintings Berger believes that what viewers see in a picture is affected by what they already know about the picture or by what they believe Berger states The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe Berger 106 An example he gives of this is In the middle ages when men believed in the physical existence of Hell the sight of fire must have meant something different from what if means today Berger 106 Berger talks about mystification which is avoiding what might be evident In Bergers essay there is a painting The Calling of St Matthew If a person were to look at this painting having not read the essay that person would not know the meaning or significance of that painting but having read the essay the person would have some knowledge of that painting Therefore the person would be able to explain the painting Berger also talks about reproductions of paintings Berger thinks that the reproduction of a painting totally mystifies the original Berger says The uniqueness of original now lies in it being the original of a reproduction Berger 116 WJT Mitchell wrote The Photographic Essay Four Case Studies Mitchell writes about the relation of photography and language Mitchell states Photography is and is not a language language also is and is not a photography Mitchell also talks about connotation and denotation Connotation is something being implied Denotation is the exact meaning In Mitchells essay he uses
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