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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 Wiktoria K

Nov 11, 2020

It was a very inspirative course!

By José A L C

Aug 20, 2019

gracias, fue un excelente curso!!

By Lía G

Sep 29, 2016

Simplemente un curso excepcional.

By Mahs

May 31, 2020

100% interesting and recommended

By Gabriel J Q E

May 13, 2020

Excellent Course! Learned a lot.

By Prashant S S

Jan 31, 2019

Very nice and informative course

By Aymara N

Jan 26, 2019

Excelente información, muy útil!

By Issy D

May 6, 2018

Really interesting, great class!

By Chiara P

Oct 29, 2020

Excellent and inspiring course!

By Mohammed A

Apr 2, 2020

One of the best courses I took.

By Ashley G

Mar 28, 2016

Great course and great content!

By angela v

Jun 7, 2021

Love This course, learn a lot.

By Ahmet T D

Dec 24, 2020

It was a very enjoyable course

By Graham B

Jun 15, 2020

Certainly a worthwhile course.

By Juliana C P

Aug 16, 2018

Everyone should do it!!!!!!!!!

By Tonino P

Jul 13, 2020

A course that opens the mind.

By Robert M

Mar 19, 2020

Great course, learned a lot!!

By Deleted A

Aug 22, 2017

It was very very interesting.

By jose r u r

May 31, 2017

Excelent course, regards MoMA

By Roberta

Mar 12, 2017

A complete, inspiring course!

By Зуева Е С

Feb 21, 2016

A lot of materials ant texts!


Jan 13, 2021

Better than what I expected.

By Stephane H

Jan 6, 2020

Wonderful course. Thanks you

By Ludo S

Mar 1, 2019

Highly recommendable course!

By Luiza S

Apr 9, 2018

Very interesting and useful.