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What you will learn

  • Understand artists’ processes and the choices that inform a photograph’s making, including experimentation and responses to technological innovation.

  • Learn how context influences the production, circulation, and reception of photographic images.

  • Understand the relationship between a photograph’s subject and meaning, and the differences between photographs as objects and photographic images.

  • Gain confidence in looking at and talking about photography, and find inspiration from photographs all around you.

Skills you will gain

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Learner Career Outcomes

27%

started a new career after completing these courses

25%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Beginner Level
Approx. 17 hours to complete
English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Introduction to Seeing Through Photographs

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 8 min), 5 readings
3 videos
Sarah Meister Introduces the Course2m
Marvin Heiferman on “Photography Changes Everything”3m
5 readings
Welcome to Seeing Through Photographs!10m
Getting Started: How Does This Course Work?10m
Optional Discussion Forum Prompts10m
Optional Readings and Resources30m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

One Subject, Many Perspectives

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 24 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Early Photographs of the Moon: Surface, Scale, and Technology2m
Eugène Atget. Pendant l'éclipse. 19123m
Liz Deschenes on Tilt/Swing (360º field of vision, version 1), 20091m
New Perspectives: Man on the Moon2m
U.S.G.S. and NASA, Surveyor III. Surface of the Moon, Day 319, W-F. 19671m
Vernacular and Fine Art Photographs of the Moon3m
Ansel Adams. Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. 19413m
8 readings
Introduction to This Week10m
Artistic Equivalents10m
Moons and Moonlight10m
Photographs by NASA10m
Who Does the Moon Belong To?10m
Moon Phases10m
Optional Discussion Prompts and Creative Challenges10m
Optional Readings and Resources30m
1 practice exercise
Practice Memory Check30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Documents and the Documentary

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 25 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Zora J Murff on At No Point in Between, 2018–198m
Mike Mandel on Evidence, 19774m
Thomas Demand on Room (Zimmer), 19961m
Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother. 19361m
Dorothea Lange. On the Road to Los Angeles, California. March 19371m
Sarah Meister on Documentary Photography3m
8 readings
Introduction to This Week10m
Facts and Fictions10m
Fictions and Facts10m
Artist Spotlight: Dorothea Lange10m
Artist Spotlight: Gordon Parks10m
Arbus, Friedlander, and Winogrand10m
Optional Discussion Prompts and Creative Challenges10m
Optional Readings and Resources30m
1 practice exercise
Practice Memory Check30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

One and Another

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 27 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Frances Benjamin Johnston. The Hampton Album. 1899-19001m
Nicholas Nixon on The Brown Sisters, 1975–Present1m
Sohrab Hura on Snow, 2015–ongoing5m
Irina Rozovsky on Miracle Center, 2019–ongoing5m
Iñaki Bonillas on Marginalia, 2019–ongoing9m
8 readings
Introduction to This Week10m
Artwork Spotlight: Frances Benjamin Johnston's The Hampton Album, 1899-190010m
Photo Books10m
Photo Series10m
One from Many10m
Optional Discussion Prompts and Creative Challenges10m
Optional Readings and Resources30m
Mid-Course Survey5m
1 practice exercise
Practice Memory Check30m

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