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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Seeing Through Photographs by The Museum of Modern Art

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About the Course

Taking, sharing, and viewing photographs has become second nature for many of us. Given our near-constant engagement with images this course will help you dig into the meaning of pictures and reconsider photography’s role in our visual culture. This course aims to address the gap between seeing and truly understanding photographs by introducing a diversity of ideas, approaches, and technologies that inform their making. In this course you will look closely at 100 photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, going behind the scenes of the Museum and into artist studios through original films and audio interviews. You will hear a variety of perspectives on the ways photography has been used throughout its 180-year history: as a means of artistic expression, a tool for science and exploration, an instrument of documentation, a way to tell stories and record histories, and a mode of communication and critique. Short texts and readings from MoMA publications provide enhanced context for the works in the course. By enrolling in this course, you’ll join a community of international learners in discussion forums, receive invitations to live and virtual events from our lead instructor Sarah Meister, and gain exclusive access to MoMA resources. UPDATE: We’ve been listening to your feedback! In September 2020, we launched new content in Seeing Through Photographs, including audio interviews with additional contemporary artists from around the world, videos of Sarah introducing key ideas, and almost doubling the number of photographs from the collection. We’ve also added opportunities for you to share and receive feedback on your photographs in the discussion forums....

Top reviews

Mar 8, 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.

Dec 25, 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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By Cecilia A

Jun 15, 2020

One of the best course ever✨✨! Cecilia

By Barbara

Feb 26, 2016

Excellent course. Strongly recommended

By Mario J

Jun 15, 2021

a Very good experience is this course

By Claudia P M Z

Aug 15, 2016

Very useful course! I am enjoying it!

By Ana P

Jul 23, 2016

Great content, really helpful course.

By Moni M

Jul 21, 2017

Great content, Instructor was great!

By Wendy W

Jan 5, 2017

One of the best art history courses!

By Nadia F

Mar 29, 2016

Very interesting course! I loved it!

By Al N K A

Sep 23, 2020

I leaned many new things from here.

By Frederico M

Jul 11, 2020

Excellent references and materials.


Jul 7, 2020

Amazing Course, totally recommended

By Kseniia K

May 10, 2020

Very interesting course! Thank you!

By Rogelio H W

Mar 16, 2020

Great course, materials very clear,

By louis f d m p s

Mar 9, 2020

Magnificent course Congratulations.

By Vicky M

Jan 15, 2019

This was very enjoyable. Thank you.

By Tommy Z

Mar 30, 2016

Very interesting clear and usefull.

By Sushmitha B

Dec 21, 2020

Very informative and inspirational

By Andy R

Sep 29, 2020

Simply outstanding!!! Enough said!

By Helen F

Jun 3, 2020

Awesome course, Thank you so much.


May 2, 2019

Thanks a lot . I loved this course

By Elizabeth C

Jan 15, 2018

He disfrutado mucho de este curso!

By Sérgio R d C F

Jun 30, 2017

Very good course, I learned a lot.

By Nancy A

Jun 2, 2016

Really great and inspiring course!

By Fabio P

Mar 28, 2016

Really useful course, recommended!

By Raphael A

Mar 23, 2016

Um dos melhores cursos que já fiz.