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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 汪嘉宁

Jul 9, 2021

Extremely helpful.

By Leila m

Aug 14, 2020

very interesting !

By Benjamin B

Aug 6, 2020

Excellent Course!!

By Jonathan D M T

Jun 13, 2020

Highly recommended

By Ryan M

May 26, 2020

Loved the course!!

By Kelsey A

Jun 13, 2019

Insightful course!

By Daniela V T

Oct 18, 2017

amazing curse!!!!!

By Davide M C

Feb 22, 2016

Great Opportunity!

By erfan k

Sep 9, 2021

perfect like MoMA

By Rubi A I R

Jun 24, 2021

Buena experiencia

By Michael R

Dec 31, 2020

Very Interesting!


Jun 14, 2020

Simply excellent!

By Nella L

May 30, 2020

I really love it!

By Karen M

Jul 28, 2017

well put together

By michele h

Apr 5, 2017

awesome materials

By Gianmarco P

Jan 15, 2017

Beautiful course.

By Kasia K

Apr 10, 2016

I learned a lot:)

By Guillermo C

Mar 29, 2016

Short, but sweet.

By Francesco

Mar 21, 2016

Excellent course!

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By Michael C R

Jun 15, 2020

Great course !!!

By Elena K

Jun 4, 2020

Great! Thank you

By Stefano P

Oct 16, 2017

Very good course

By Michael G D

Dec 2, 2016

Very interesting