Free MoMA Photography Course

A free, six week course from The Museum of Modern Art in New York has popped up on Coursera.

Led by Sarah Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, the course introduces learners
to firsthand perspectives and ideas from artists and scholars about what a photograph is and the
many ways in which photography has been used throughout history and into the present day: as a
means of personal artistic expression; a tool for science and exploration; a method for
documenting people, places, and events; a way of telling stories and recording histories; and a
mode of communication and critique in our increasingly visual culture.

Meister noted, “While taking, viewing, and sharing photographs is second nature to many,
it is not synonymous with visual literacy. It is our hope that Seeing Through Photographs
encourages learners to explore the gap between seeing photographs and truly understanding
them. It has been a pleasure to partner with Coursera, and to develop new content with an
extraordinary group of artists thanks to a robust cross-departmental collaboration between MoMA
educators, curators, digital media advisors, and producers.”

The course explores the following themes:

Introduction to Seeing Through Photographs
One Subject, Many Perspectives
Documentary Photography
Pictures of People
Constructing Narratives and Challenging Histories
Ocean of Images: Photography and Contemporary Culture

You can access the course here :


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