Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry

Photo of feet along a brick-paved path.

The Post Office Square in Boston, which served as the site of a student's project. (Image courtesy of Francisca Rojas. Used with permission.)


MIT Course Number

11.309J / 4.215J

As Taught In

Fall 2012



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This course explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing or investigating urban landscapes, and expressing ideas. Readings, observations, and photographs form the basis of discussions on light, detail, place, poetics, narrative, and how photography can inform design and planning.

The current version of the class website for the course can be found here: Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry.

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Anne Spirn. 11.309J Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry. Fall 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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