JOHN BERGER is an English art critic, novelist, painter, poet and author. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize. His seminal essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, was written as an accompaniment to his 1972 BBC TV series of the same name.
Born in Hackney to Stanley and Miriam Berger, London, England, Berger was educated at St Edward’s School, Oxford. His father, a Hungarian émigré from Trieste, had been an infantry officer on the Western Front during the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross and an OBE. Berger served in the British Army from 1944 to 1946; he then enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art in London.