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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 Mamé S

Feb 28, 2021

Thanks a lot Sarah Meisters, your are a great professional.

By Bettina S

Jun 6, 2020

I loved taking this course. I wish there were more like it.

By Alessandro O

Jun 6, 2020

A wonderful experience. It gave me a new energy to go on...

By Katerina L

May 10, 2020

Very interesting course. I learned a lot about photography.

By Gabrielle H

Jul 18, 2017

Wonderful course, I loved every single lectures. Thank you!

By Ping H C

Mar 11, 2016

great course, very intersting introduction of photography ~

By Evan B M

Sep 13, 2021

One of the best courses I have ever taken! - Evan McNeeley

By Anastasiia K

May 21, 2020

It was very excellent and useful. Thank you for your work!

By Stephen s

May 5, 2020

I found the reason for the kind of pictures I like taking!

By Susanna S

Apr 17, 2020

I liked very much this course. I recommend it to everybody

By Luisa V R

Jun 25, 2017

I learned a lot from this course, it was very interesting!

By Liset R J

May 21, 2021

excelente curso , simplemente gracias por las enseñanzas

By Ruben A

Aug 27, 2020

A nice course. Pleny of material available. Thanks a lot!

By Angel P P

Oct 25, 2019

An amazing chance to understand photography beyond image.

By Micky V C

Aug 1, 2017

excellent ,i loved this course , i am learned too much !!

By Rafael A

Jun 28, 2016

Excelent! Realy changed the way I understand photography.

By ogkiska1

Dec 12, 2020

Loved every moment of it. Should be a subject in school!

By Matteo D R

Aug 11, 2020

A great opportunity to learn and to rethink photography.

By Robyn S

Jul 12, 2020

Loved it, lots of brilliant work and ideas in each week.

By Jelena O

May 8, 2020

Very thorough and informative course! Love the material!

By Kathleen R

Mar 18, 2019

Well designed and fascinating course. Highly recommend.

By David R S C

Apr 9, 2016

Great introduction to photography. I enjoyed it so much.


Jan 13, 2020

No deja uno de aprender, desde el inicio hasta el final

By Rosa L

Oct 18, 2017

I really love taking this course. It was inspiring¡¡¡¡¡

By Ignacio R G

Apr 4, 2016

Gives you a different way of seeing in your day to day.