John Berger was a British writer, painter, poet and art critic; a multifaceted artist, he is considered one of the most influential authors of his generation. After studying fine arts, he began his career as a painter exhibiting in several London galleries. While teaching drawing (1948-55) he started working as an art critic, collecting his critical essays in the 1960 work Permanent Red. He gained great popularity in 1972 when he conducted a series of documentaries for the BBC based on his essay Ways of Seeing on how to interpret images of works of art. In the same year he won the Booker Prize for literature with G., a non-fiction novel in which art is intertwined with history and politics. Berger decided to donate half of his proceeds from the prize to the Black Panthers in Britain and use the other half to finance his studies on migrant workers, later collected in the book A Seventh Man. In the 1970s he moved to Quincy, where he wrote the trilogy Into Their Labours and collaborated with Swiss director Alain Tanner on three films about the contemporary human condition. His more recent essays concerned photography, art, politics and memory, and were published in newspapers such as El País, The Guardian, The Independent and Internazionale. His essays on art and drawing are collected in the book Sul disegnare (Il Saggiatore, 2017).