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About the Course

Although taking, sharing, and viewing photographs has become second nature for many of us, our regular engagement with images does not necessarily make us visually literate. 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 photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art and hear a variety of perspectives on what a photograph is and the ways that photography has been used throughout its nearly 180 year history: as a means of artistic expression, as a tool for science and exploration; as an instrument of documentation; to tell stories and record histories; and as a mode of communication and critique in our ever increasingly visual culture. Learning Objectives • Develop skills to better examine and understand the differences between photographs and photographic images. • Discover how context influences the production, circulation, and reception of photographic images. • Learn about different modes of artistic and technological experimentation and innovation in photography. • Investigate photography’s role in our increasingly visual culture....

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Mar 09, 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 29, 2020

Coursera gives me a platform to explore new skills. I was able to experience education from world-renowned universities without losing out on career opportunities.\n\n- Thaneshwary kirupanantharasa -

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By Pablo F

Jun 05, 2020

Great course, would've been nice to get the certificate for free.

By Jes R

Nov 03, 2016

Very interesting notions and interviews on American photographers

By Tony S

May 22, 2020

Extremely interesting course based on plenty of useful resources

By Suhela A

May 13, 2020

Enhanced my knowledge and opened the inner creativity within me!

By Andrés M M

Aug 22, 2017

Very interesting, I liked the contents and photographs presented

By Lerans G

Nov 19, 2016

It's perfect for introduce to historical art photogrphy. Thanks

By Wanda M

Jun 17, 2020

I really enjoyed this course. I wish it had been longer.


By Edward R

Sep 26, 2019

Great course, recommended to anyone interested in photography.

By Anca I B

Apr 22, 2019

Extremely interesting and a vast amount of valuable resources!

By Mavis W

Aug 08, 2016

Great course with helpful resources and suitable for beginners

By Alexandro D M

Jul 15, 2016

Maravilhoso! muda totalmente a concepção de fotografia e arte.

By Pablo T

Apr 14, 2020

Very interesting insight into photography genres and history!

By Ileana G G H

Mar 02, 2018

Interesting for those interested in interpretation of images.

By Michael S

Apr 14, 2016

the course is well made, I've learned a lot about photography

By Mikhail T

May 18, 2020

Very useful course. Required to study for all photographers.

By Antonio P

Apr 09, 2016

An amazing journey through the various faces of photography.

By Bettina S

Jun 06, 2020

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

By Alessandro O

Jun 06, 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 19, 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 Anastasiia K

May 21, 2020

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

By Stephen s

May 05, 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!