Design, Photography, & Fashion


Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 3:50 min

Annie Leibovitz's iconic photographs have appeared in museums, books, and magazines from Vanity Fair to Rolling Stone—and now she’s your instructor. In introducing her class, Annie reflects on her career and the power of telling stories with photography.*

Annie Leibovitz
Teaches Photography
Annie brings you into her studio and onto her shoots to teach you everything she knows about portraiture and telling stories through images.
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The Art Of The Photo

Annie Leibovitz was the first woman to be named chief photographer at Rolling Stone and the last person to take a portrait of John Lennon. In her first online photography class, Annie shows us that what makes a picture stunning isn’t the gear or technology—it’s the story. Annie teaches you her philosophy: how to develop concepts, work with subjects, shoot with natural light, and bring images to life in post-production. See the world through her eyes.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Totally amazing. I really love Annie's work and I am grateful to Masterclass for the opportunity to listen to her from far away.

I've admired Annie's work for so long. I look forward to seeing her in person soon in San Antonio. I learned to explore, re-examine, the work I've done in the past 40 years and learn what made my good pictures good and my great pictures great. I've learned new ways to light or use light. I wish I had the time to put her suggestions into practice. But I will make the time.

This class on photography has helped me see the world around me with new eyes - finding the beauty in the ordinary. Also, I am now challenged to do more with less - keep it simple - it is the image - not the fancy equipment - though I love the power and capabilities of the latest technological development for a camera.

The class has renewed my interest in the raw and pure form of photography!! Thank you! I liked it so much I upgraded to the all-year package of Masterclass.


Daniel S.

So my takeaway from this short introduction is that we in contemporary society view the world through photographs. It is for the most part images that structure our view of the world. The most iconic example of this is perhaps, the image of earth as a whole from outside. Although, for the most part human beings are interested in storytelling about humans. The picture of the earth is significant because humanity lives there. Another interesting feature with photography is that fact that the world enters into the image. So as one begins with an concept, there may be surprises during or after the photograph is taken that alters the meaning of the photograph. In this sense it is different from text, when writing there is nothing inherently in that process that opens up for surprises. Perhaps most significantly then this class is about photographing people. And on an more practical note, there is this struggle between being part of big production and an creative artist when photographing people. The label for such photographer within that spectrum that focus on people is portraiture photographer.


One can find all the things Annie tell during this "class" and more in her book "Annie Leibovitz at Work". Nothing new is told or presented and I see this "class" as a complete waste of time and money.

A fellow student

I was disappointed with this class. This is more of a story telling video than a photography masterclass. I was expecting more useful information. I'm sorry, but I could have purchased good photography books with the money and had much more substantive information.

A fellow student

I enjoy her, who she is, her voice and as a teacher, 3 + minutes is NOT A CLASS. Why repeat your promo as an intro instead of outlining what the class will be about. A few saved words on a pdf is also not a teaching supplement. These are all things available everywhere. I trust future lessons are better or I will ask for a refund. Just because they a re famous doesn't give you or them the opportunity to shortchange education and not give true skill and teachings. A lot of this was your promotion. I expected more. I would never pass this off for a lesson once in 40 years of teaching. A real disappointment. Not a master class at all. I bought fashion magazines for year. I need to receive more but between destinations. Tomorrow I will listen to #2.

Stephanie B.

I like the intro but I hope all the lessons are short because I think I may go through them each twice or more--once to hear and once to see and sometimes perhaps to write poetry.

A fellow student

Your an inspiration. I didn’t realise how much you’d actually done. Your an amazing and talented woman who I’m keen to learn from.

A fellow student

Informative and a great introduction, I failed to connect Annie, the photos and the art before I viewed this introduction. Looking forward to mastering techniques and opening my mind to life.

George M.

For a while now I wanted to learn portrait photography, I have a compact cannon, which might not be much but is what I can afford at the time. I like to think that I can make people feel beautiful and unique.

Brenda B.

I have been playing with my Nikon and taking many pictures in the past with my cell. Now I have the privilege to learn from this amazing class. What a blessing. Looking forward to learning from you all as well at the hub.

Terry T.

I am a dinosaur, 80 years old now with failing eyesight, and mourning the loss of my ability with a view camera. At one time, I used an 11x14 and shot portraits focusing on the eyelash! I have given all of my equipment to my artist graduate granddaughter but threatening to take back my Nikon 8008 and have it cleaned, lubed and adjusted. Will probably have to process my own film. My printer here in Memphis is willing to do my printing for me - digitally of course. My favorite photographs are a study of Nelson Mandela taken during his 2000 visit to Memphis. Shot HP5 Ilford film through a 500mm mirror lens, pushed to 3200 ASA - did not know if I had a single printable frame until the film came out of the final rinse. Sorry for all the self pity. Best, Terry T.