Seeing Through Photographs is a free MOOC presented by the Museum of Modern Art, available on Coursera. One has the choice to pay a fee and get a certificate upon completion or one can do the course for free and not receive the certificate. I opted for the latter route.
The course was quite handy and very informative. It covers a lot of the material that is dealt with in the Context & Narrative module, i.e. One Subject, Many Perspectives; Documentary Photography; Pictures of People; Constructing Narratives and Challenging Histories and finally Ocean of Images: Photography and Contemporary Culture.
There were many video clips with interviews with various artists about their work and each section had a resource list. MOMA supplied extracts from the gallery catalogues, links to various videos and other reading material and links to the actual artists featured in each section.
I would have enjoyed this course more if I had come across it at the beginning of Context & Narrative, I think, as I would have been able to use a lot of the information that was provided. Nevertheless, I’m glad I completed the course – each section only took up about an hour of my time, not too onerous at all. I particularly liked the fact that I was introduced to new artists and writings.
Meister, Sarah (2016) Seeing Through Photographs [online] Museum of Modern Art, New York. Available at: https://www.coursera.org/learn/photography [Accessed 12 March, 2016]