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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....

Top reviews


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.


Dec 26, 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 Ana P

Jul 23, 2016

Great content, really helpful course.

By Moni M

Jul 21, 2017

Great content, Instructor was great!

By Wendy W

Jan 06, 2017

One of the best art history courses!

By Nadia F

Mar 29, 2016

Very interesting course! I loved it!

By Frederico M

Jul 11, 2020

Excellent references and materials.


Jul 08, 2020

Amazing Course, totally recommended

By Kseniia K

May 10, 2020

Very interesting course! Thank you!

By Rogelio H W

Mar 16, 2020

Great course, materials very clear,

By louis f d m p s

Mar 09, 2020

Magnificent course Congratulations.

By Vicky M

Jan 15, 2019

This was very enjoyable. Thank you.

By Tommy Z

Mar 30, 2016

Very interesting clear and usefull.

By Helen F

Jun 04, 2020

Awesome course, Thank you so much.


May 02, 2019

Thanks a lot . I loved this course

By Elizabeth C

Jan 15, 2018

He disfrutado mucho de este curso!

By Sérgio R d C F

Jun 30, 2017

Very good course, I learned a lot.

By Nancy A

Jun 02, 2016

Really great and inspiring course!

By Fabio P

Mar 28, 2016

Really useful course, recommended!

By Raphael A

Mar 23, 2016

Um dos melhores cursos que já fiz.

By José A L C

Aug 20, 2019

gracias, fue un excelente curso!!

By Lía G

Sep 29, 2016

Simplemente un curso excepcional.

By Mahs

May 31, 2020

100% interesting and recommended

By Gabriel J Q E

May 13, 2020

Excellent Course! Learned a lot.

By Prashant S S

Jan 31, 2019

Very nice and informative course

By Aymara N

Jan 26, 2019

Excelente información, muy útil!

By Issy D

May 06, 2018

Really interesting, great class!