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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.

May 28, 2020

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By Ashley G

Mar 28, 2016

Great course and great content!

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.

By Giuseppina P

Jan 10, 2017

This course it is incredible

By Jean V

Jun 24, 2016

Amazing course and material.

By Jett Y

May 23, 2020

Learned a lot and loved it!

By Oriana M

Jun 30, 2017

Excellent new perspectives!

By Mati H

Jan 6, 2017


By Freda B F

Mar 20, 2016

Really helpful and awesome!

By Luis H A H

Mar 13, 2016

Great Historical background

By Ines P A

Jul 28, 2020

Definitely worth the time!

By Kim S C

Mar 18, 2019

very detailed and specific

By Miguel J R R

Apr 30, 2017

Great Course. Great staff

By Cristiano S

May 18, 2020

It was a nice experience!