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Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...

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Subtitles: French, Serbian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Russian, English, Spanish...

Skills you will gain

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Learners taking this Course are
  • Photographers
  • Artists
  • Copywriters
  • Graphic Designers
  • Translators

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: French, Serbian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Russian, English, Spanish...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Seeing Through Photographs

2 videos (Total 5 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
1.3 Interview with Marvin Heiferman3m
3 readings
1.1 Introduction10m
1.4 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
Tell Us About You10m
1 practice exercise
Introduction20m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

One Subject, Many Perspectives

7 videos (Total 22 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
2.3 Vernacular & Fine Art Photographs of the Moon3m
2.4 Early Photographs of the Moon: Surface, Scale & Technology2m
2.5 New Perspectives: Man on the Moon2m
2.7 Ansel Adams. Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. 19413m
2.8 Eugène Atget. Pendant l'Eclipse. 19123m
2.9 U.S.G.S. & NASA, Surveyor III. Surface of the Moon, Day 319, W-F. 19671m
3 readings
2.1 Introduction10m
2.6 Slideshow10m
2.10 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
One Subject, Many Perspectives20m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Documentary Photography

4 videos (Total 15 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
3.4 Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother. 19361m
3.5 Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. Evidence. 19774m
3.6 Susan Meiselas. Carnival Strippers. 1973-755m
3 readings
3.1 Introduction10m
3.3 Slideshow10m
3.7 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Documentary Photography20m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Pictures of People

6 videos (Total 19 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
4.3 Interview with Katy Grannan3m
4.5 Akram Zaatari. After They Got the Right to Arms. Fourteen young men posing with guns. Early 1970s/20066m
4.6 Frances Benjamin Johnston. The Hampton Album. 1899-19001m
4.7 Tina Barney. Sunday New York Times. 19821m
4.8 Nicholas Nixon. The Brown Sisters. 1975-Present1m
3 readings
4.1 Introduction10m
4.4 Slideshow10m
4.9 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Pictures of People20m
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Top reviews from Seeing Through Photographs

By AQMar 9th 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.

By EEJun 3rd 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. :)

Instructor

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Sarah Meister

Curator
Department of Photography

About The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Our mission is helping you understand, enjoy, and use the art of our time....

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