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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 V O

Jul 5, 2017

Very interesting course!

By Marco C

Apr 18, 2016

Great course. Thank you!

By Stavros A

Feb 26, 2021

he was very educational

By Rodrigo V

Aug 27, 2017

Excelente, muy completo

By Nathany N

May 20, 2017

Maravilhoso esse curso!

By Raluca B

Jan 9, 2017

Beautiful works of art!

By Jacques A R

Dec 13, 2021

Excellent curriculum.

By Marcus W

Jan 7, 2020

Great and interesting!

By Mihika R

Jan 12, 2018

I loved it. Was Great.

By Milena S Y

Jun 16, 2016

Just loved the course!

By Oscar A U

Mar 20, 2016

Excelente Curso !!! :)

By Amy A C

Jul 17, 2020

Absolutely Fantastic!

By Ann A B W

May 31, 2020

really a great course

By Piervittorio B

Apr 29, 2020

Over all expextations

By Dmitry M

Sep 1, 2019

This is super course!

By Fernanda S

May 31, 2016

It's simply amazing!!

By Nandita S

Dec 2, 2022

Absolutely Loved it!

By Angela D

Jan 5, 2022

Love love loved it!

By Luz M T

Mar 1, 2021

An excellent course!


Feb 21, 2021

I like this c'la'ss!

By Ivan S

Jul 1, 2020

Excelente formación!

By dimitris p

Apr 9, 2016

a new way of seeing!

By Alexandra

May 30, 2021

Me encanto el curso


Aug 19, 2019

Very useful course.

By Gaetano R

Mar 9, 2016

Very interesting!!!