Seeing Through Photographs: MoMA releases free six-week photography course


posted Monday, February 15, 2016 at 11:14 AM EDT

If you're looking for an online photography course that discusses the photographic discipline as a form of art, the Museum of Modern Art has just the ticket for you... And it's free!

MoMA's Department of Photography Curator, Sarah Meister, uses photographic works from MoMA's collection to inspire a variety of courses in her six-session Coursera class. Per the course's "about" section, "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."

The course is divided into six weeks' worth of content, although you can go at your own pace through the material. Within the course there are six short films, four video conversations, and sixteen audio slideshows that will help you to better understand "what a photograph is and the ways that photography has been used through its nearly 180-year history…"

Week 1 introduces you to seeing through photographs. You then learn about different perspectives, documentary photography, photographs of people, using photography to create a narrative, and ending with photography and contemporary culture. See the video below to get a sense of the course and the photographers that Meister will be working with to teach the course.

If you'd like to learn more about photography as a form of artistic expression and its use a story-telling medium, you can sign up for the course for free at Coursera.

(Seen via PetaPixel