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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.


Jun 2, 2019

It was very insightful, and a good thing is they offered quizzes and other full content, which some other free courses do not, which really helps learning. Hope to go for other courses under them. :)

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By Sarah B

May 24, 2020

Very interesting course in the globality! Thank you

By Matteo G

Nov 16, 2017

Interesting and useful for sure! Thank you Moma :)

By Brenda Z

Mar 16, 2017

Its a great course to get bases in photography.

By Antonio A

Mar 27, 2016

Very useful and interesting course. Thank you.


Apr 13, 2020

Will like more videos and more photos.


By EagerSnake

Apr 9, 2016

Really interesting from beginning to end.

By Norma M

Mar 14, 2016

solo faltaron subtítulos en español

By Laura D

May 22, 2020

Excellent class. I learned a lot.

By Laura M

Mar 24, 2016

Quite good but only in english...

By Courtney C

Sep 26, 2021

g​ood course and learning more.

By mark d

Mar 31, 2018

Good course. I learned a lot.

By Paolo G

Apr 11, 2016

Good, very interesting course

By Floris v E

Apr 11, 2016

Great material and insights

By Paola M

Mar 26, 2016

very interesting materials!

By Didier S

Nov 9, 2017

Well documented modules.

By Alain M

Feb 8, 2021

Interesting course.

By Bianca S D

Jan 1, 2019

Very good course!!

By Huascar A T B

Jun 28, 2021

Very good course!

By Iliana A C N

May 17, 2018

es muy chevere

By Natasha R R

Apr 13, 2016

I love it!

By Tiago C

Mar 27, 2016

Very nice.


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By Martin F

Jun 24, 2021