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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 Pilar P d C

May 22, 2018

anyone who likes photography should follow this course. Entertaining and enlightening.

By Camila V

Apr 14, 2016

A very good course, I learned a lot about new perspectives and history of photography

By Frank C

Sep 25, 2016

Rather interesting. Challenged my perception of what photography is and could be.

By Tom C

Mar 8, 2016

I just watched the videos - but they were terrific and very illuminating. Thanks!

By Tim B

Apr 3, 2017

Thought provoking material, that enlarged by view of the field of photography.

By Mariana X

Jun 13, 2016

Excelente curso. Nos dá uma outra visão sobre a sensibilidade para fotografia.

By Elaine I

May 30, 2020

Loved it! Lots of reading, more than I expected, but worthwhile. Thank you :)

By Alisha C

May 5, 2020

Enjoyed how this class made me think more about what I want my photos to say.

By Ana P T

Apr 10, 2016

Me parece un buen curso aunque a veces hay algunos fallos con los subtítulos

By Taís A M

Jun 22, 2016

Amazing course! Interesting and very useful for who likes photography.

By Rosemarie S

May 17, 2018

Super opportunity to view and understand some of MOMA's exhibits.

By Francisco L

Jul 14, 2019

This Course broadened my mind and opened it up to new horizons.

By Jorge F

May 14, 2016

No está mal, aunque los grandes artistas de la foto no están...

By Janny B

Apr 18, 2018

Great class to study especially for those anyone who love arts

By Chang N

Jun 13, 2017

This course provides a brief historical review of photography.

By Ander A G

Mar 14, 2016

A quick but full course about history of American photography

By Isabel P

May 21, 2019

Very good course, a lot of very important topics discussed.

By Carolina P M G

May 6, 2020

Interesting course. Inspire. Open up new perspectives.

By Caetano R

Jun 20, 2016

Great Course! A tiny "but": it's all about NYC...haha

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.