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Seeing Through Photographs

Modern and Contemporary Art and Design,

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.

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Rating 4.7 based on 565 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $49
From The Museum of Modern Art via Coursera
Instructor Sarah Meister
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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highly recommend

Highly recommended.

I highly recommend it!This course has given me the opportunity to enhance my knowledge on photography and strengthen my confidence towards the way I see photographs.

I am very happy to have taken the course, the contents, the exams and everything is very well, I am proud of the result and I highly recommend it Amazing course.

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Highly recommended to anyone wishing to gain some basic knowledge on the historically conscious body of the photographic world.

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I would highly recommend it for those who understand that there is more to photography than just instagram snaps.

Would highly recommend the course to anyone with an interest in photography.

I highly recommend this course as it's so stimulating and you can learn a lot about the history of photography and how to understand it.

Highly recommend.

Highly recommendable course!

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seeing through photographs

You should learn about Seeing Through Photographs I really enjoyed and learn't a lot from this amazing course.

Very interesting Seeing Through Photographs is a fantastic course.

Seeing Through Photographs by MoMa is an extremely well organised course.

Good, very interesting course To me, Seeing through Photographs is a travel through time which let you to see how photography changed and improved to become what it is today: not only a science resource, or a way to save historical data but also it's a expressive way to comunicate a point of view.

'Seeing Through Photographs' is a must for anyone who is serious about photography.

Seeing Through Photographs has given me a whole new way of looking at my own and other peoples' work.

Guys , 'Seeing Through Photographs' is great photographic course for Activist/Visual Art lover.Thank You.

Seeing Through Photographs was such a wonderfully complete and inspiring course.

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de la fotografía

Un curso muy interesante en el cual pude aprender mucho de la historia de la fotografía y la complejidad de esta expresión artística I m new to studying courses on art and I found this course really interesting and informative.

Es un buen abre bocas para investigar la incidencia de la fotografía en el medio de las comunicaciones y el conocimiento.Gracias a los expositores.

Excelente para tener una noción de la Historia de la Fotografía Estadounidense, a partir del archivo documental del Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York.

Es una excelente herramienta para adentrarnos al conocimiento básico de la historia de la fotografía!

There were a lot of resources and readings, and I enjoyed the fact that the quizzes Una opción excelente para todo aquel que quiere iniciarse en la maravilla de la fotografía!

Went ahead and bought a thick book to study more about the subject :) me parece un buen curso ya que está al alcance de muchas personas que desean introducirse o bien retomar ideas en torno al mundo de la fotografía.

Bellissimo, diverso, nuovo e approfondito.Grazie :) An interesting outtake to examine the world as other photographers and artist see the pictures presented, changing the way we see the world, our work and the work of others excellent Love it, been finding new things about photography that i didnt know and it confirms my decision of walking this path, super happy :D muy genial Una excelente manera de iniciarse en la historia de la fotografía y en el lenguaje fotográfico.

its good Buen curso, para los apasionados de la fotografía.

Aprendes mucho de historia de la fotografía the best course for me it is factory of photographers Extremely comprehensive, great overview of history of photography and those who moved it forward.

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loved this course

This course is very good it has improved my way of analyzing and understanding about the concept that every photographer had when doing his work excellent ,i loved this course , i am learned too much !!

I definitely loved this course!

i enjoyed the interviews -- hearing and seeing many different artists using the same medium in very different ways AWESOME I loved this course!

I loved this course.

:( Loved this course- kinda short- but very informative and organized well with a lot of examples!

I loved this course Great video quality and storytelling which makes the whole course very engaging.

Muy interesante, aprendí muchísimo acerca del análisis de fotografía I absolutely loved this course and have learnt so much from it.

I loved this course immensely.

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look at

Very interesting, I liked the contents and photographs presented Truly authoritative materials and the opportunity to customize your learning make this a good introduction on how to look at photography as an art movement.

I am looking forward to look at many photographs with the background knowledge learning here.

The course is a good introduction on how to look at images from a different perspective.

All in all, I feel like I did learn to look at photographs differently, and to look at the world through photographs.

This course led me through different aspects of photography and provided me with new eyes to look at images.

it's a tremendous course teach you a new way to look at visualization Simple stunning amazing compilation of authors, tendencies, videos and information.

After completing the course of 6 weeks, you will never look at photographs the same way.

I also learnt ways to look at pictures.Strongly recommend for those people who love photography.

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point of view

It's another very interesting point of view where you can meet new and not so new projects and photographers and how to connect them and study them from a common topic.

I've learned a loto about the story of photoraphs and there are a lot of interviews which explain you the different point of view of some important photographers.

This course helped me discover a point of view different from the one I had used.

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learnt a lot

Thank you so much, I have learnt a lot about how to analyze photographs.

I am not expert about photograph just a fan of it but with this course I learnt a lot about the history of photograph and about the artists as well.

I really learnt a lot from this course.

I have learnt a lot and apply these to my modern photography life!

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interested in photography

Fully recommended to anybody remotely interested in photography and its history.

I learned a TON from this course, and have recommended it to anyone interested in photography.

I reccomend it to any person who is interested in photography and is willing to gain new skills.

Great course, recommended to anyone interested in photography.

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excelente curso

Excelente curso, la diversidad de enfoques y opiniones sobre el arte y la fotografía han sido de gran valía, muchas gracias por el curso, espero tener la oportunidad de estar en otros cursos con ustedesExcellent course, the diversity of approaches and views on art and photography have been very useful, thank you very much for the course, hope to have the opportunity to be in other courses with you Rather interesting.

Excelente curso.

gracias, fue un excelente curso!!

Excelente Curso Very good course!!

Excelente curso con un contenido muy enriquecedor.

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sarah meister

Kudos to MoMA and Sarah Meister for crafting it.

Interviews, led by curator Sarah Meister, were very appealing, thorough and well-finished.

Sarah Meister has curated a wonderful assortment of photographer artists that typify the historical and aesthetic advances in photography.

Trying to catch up.Congratulations to Sarah Meister.

Thank you Sarah Meister, MOMA, Coursera.

MOMA and Sarah Meister amazing job.

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new perspectives

I appreciate all the new perspectives thath gives me.

I have gained in analytical skills and have enriched myself with new perspectives, what more can one want?

This Course does a really great job in opening new perspectives about photography.Each week stands for its own and yet they combine to give you a great understanding about photographies history, techniques and artistic value.

A very good course, I learned a lot about new perspectives and history of photography the course is well made, I've learned a lot about photography I love it!

But this course showed me new perspectives and ideas, presented new photographers I have not yet know, and gave me new motivation to work in the field of photography.

deja uno de aprender, desde el inicio hasta el final It helps me to understand the importance of knowing the photography background, so now I can see new perspectives when I am going to take a picture.

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each module

The videos and talks in each module are really interesting and informative.

I'm impressed by the way different photos were included in each module.

The short video clips with the quiz questions at the end of each module helped me to further understand the topic of discussion.Furthermore, the submission at the end of the course and review of colleagues work added to my better understanding of the course, as I was able to share in the understanding of my other coursemates.I hope MOMA will come up with independent courses that will treat each of the six modules as a separate course.

The articles, videos, and slideshows were well constructed around the theme of each module.

The content of each module helped me to deepen the aspects of intellectual creation presented by each image.

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Rating 4.7 based on 565 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $49
From The Museum of Modern Art via Coursera
Instructor Sarah Meister
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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