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Learner Career Outcomes

36%

started a new career after completing these courses

26%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: French, Serbian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Russian, English, Spanish...

Instructor

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Sarah Meister 

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Department of Photography
241,532 Learners
2 Courses

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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
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 Resources10m
Tell Us About You10m
Resources: MoMA podcasts, art vocabulary, Magazine, and YouTube channel10m
1 practice exercise
Introduction20m
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 Perspectives20m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Documentary Photography

1 hour 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 Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Documentary Photography20m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Pictures of People

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 19 min), 3 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
3 readings
4.1 Introduction10m
4.4 Slideshow10m
4.9 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Pictures of People20m
4.8
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Top reviews from Seeing Through Photographs

By AQMar 9th 2016

Seeing Through Photographs has given me a whole new way of looking at my own and other peoples' work. So many aspects, details and points of view, the world of photography now seems even more amazing.

By ADDec 26th 2019

This is a really great way to get a beginners academic insight into photography, really interesting video and written content. I learned a lot and enjoyed studying again, thank you MoMA and Coursera!

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