He was born in Hackney in 1926 but moved to France in 1962 and lived there for over 50 years.
Berger was an internationalist and a brilliant polymath – art critic, painter, poet, novelist, essayist. He was a quite indefinable genius with words and creative concepts. He wrote a landmark treatise on the Western cultural aesthetic, “Ways Of Seeing”, which is still relevant nearly half a century later. His novel “G” won the 1972 Booker Prize. I would also recommend “A Fortunate Man” [1967, with Jean Mohr], a study of a country doctor’s life, and “Selected Essays” [2001, edited by kindred spirit Geoff Dyer]. And there are fascinating TV clips to explore on YouTube.