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

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Seeing Through Photographs

“Photography is a foreign language everyone thinks he speaks.” -- Philip-Lorca di Corcia...
2 videos (Total 5 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
1.3 Interview with Marvin Heiferman3m
2 readings
1.1 Introduction10m
1.4 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Introduction20m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

One Subject, Many Perspectives

Discover photography's roots in both art and science by observing the diverse ways the medium has been used across time to capture a single subject familiar to us all. ...
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

Explore a variety of approaches to documentary photography, from those that aim to produce objective records to those that critique the reliability of photographs as evidence....
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

Examine pictures of people—as individuals or as representatives of a type, posed or captured unaware—and discover how the choices made by both photographer and subject inform our assumptions about those depicted....
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
Week
5
1 hour to complete

Constructing Narratives & Challenging Histories

Learn to look critically at the way photographs have been used to construct narratives that shape our understanding of ourselves and the world around us....
7 videos (Total 21 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
5.3 Interview with Iñaki Bonillas5m
5.5 Cindy Sherman. Untitled Film Stills. 1977–801m
5.6 Carrie Mae Weems. From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried. 19952m
5.7 Walid Raad. My neck is thinner than a hair: Engines. 1996-20011m
5.8 Thomas Demand. Room (Zimmer). 19961m
5.9 Harrell Fletcher. The American War. 20054m
3 readings
5.1 Introduction10m
5.4 Slideshow10m
5.10 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Constructing Narratives & Challenging Histories20m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

Ocean of Images: Photography & Contemporary Culture

Many artists are turning to our image-saturated world as both a source for and subject of their work. Explore how they examine—and frequently disrupt—current methods of image production, presentation, and circulation....
7 videos (Total 30 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
6.3 Interview with David Horvitz3m
6.4 Interview with Anouk Kruithof4m
6.5 Interview with Ilit Azoulay5m
6.7 Robert Heinecken. Are You Rea. 1964-681m
6.8 Thomas Ruff. jpeg msh01. 20044m
6.9 Martha Rosler. House Beautiful (Bringing the War Home). 1967-727m
4 readings
6.1 Introduction10m
6.6 Slideshow10m
6.10 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
Funding & Credits10m
1 practice exercise
Ocean of Images: Photography & Contemporary Culture20m
4 hours to complete

Ocean of Images: Photography & Contemporary Culture: Lesson Choices

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2 quizzes
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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 VCAug 22nd 2016

I did enjoy these 6 weeks. I found the course very informative.\n\nThere are a lot of rich content , text, images, video that make the class the more interesting.\n\nI really recommend this course.

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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