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English
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction to Seeing Through Photographs

3 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 5 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
1.3 Interview with Marvin Heiferman3m
4 readings
1.1 Introduction10m
1.4 Required Readings & Additional Resources2h
Tell Us About You10m
Resources: MoMA podcasts, art vocabulary, Magazine, and YouTube channel10m
1 practice exercise
Introduction30m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

One Subject, Many Perspectives

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 22 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
2.3 Vernacular & Fine Art Photographs of the Moon3m
2.4 Early Photographs of the Moon: Surface, Scale & Technology2m
2.5 New Perspectives: Man on the Moon2m
2.7 Ansel Adams. Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. 19413m
2.8 Eugène Atget. Pendant l'Eclipse. 19123m
2.9 U.S.G.S. & NASA, Surveyor III. Surface of the Moon, Day 319, W-F. 19671m
3 readings
2.1 Introduction10m
2.6 Slideshow10m
2.10 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
One Subject, Many Perspectives30m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Documentary Photography

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 15 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
3.4 Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother. 19361m
3.5 Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. Evidence. 19774m
3.6 Susan Meiselas. Carnival Strippers. 1973-755m
3 readings
3.1 Introduction10m
3.3 Slideshow10m
3.7 Required Readings & Additional Resources30m
1 practice exercise
Documentary Photography30m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Pictures of People

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 19 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
4.3 Interview with Katy Grannan3m
4.5 Akram Zaatari. After They Got the Right to Arms. Fourteen young men posing with guns. Early 1970s/20066m
4.6 Frances Benjamin Johnston. The Hampton Album. 1899-19001m
4.7 Tina Barney. Sunday New York Times. 19821m
4.8 Nicholas Nixon. The Brown Sisters. 1975-Present1m
4 readings
4.1 Introduction10m
4.4 Slideshow10m
Mid-course survey5m
4.9 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Pictures of People30m

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