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.

Annie really allowed herself to be exposed here which made it special. There is an authenticity to her... you can feel her confidence in one moment and her angst and humility in the next. Wonderful.

I've had the inspiration to follow an artist well-known and understand some of her workflow and history. All in a very easy way to understand.

I’m very satisfied with the class. I’m grateful to you and Annie Leibovitz for giving us the gift of sharing her passion and parts of her private life. I did learn things I didn’t see or think about before this class. Thank you!

The biggest take away I had from this class is that the perfect photograph does not exist. I was always so hung up on getting it just right. It's really all about what you see as the photographer and the story you want to tell.


Heidi T.

I’ve read below this class does not teach well. That its a outline of what is in her book. I watched all of it. I agree it’s seems like a mini documentary rather then a class. That being said, I enjoyed learning about her life and work. Infamous. Love the Yoko Lennon story! I blew over a $1000 on a Nikon last year because I fell for the beauty in another person and wanted to capture it with thta fuzzy backgroud. Haha I have so much to learn. She did inspire me. Thank you Annie


How much do I love Annie Liebovitz. I have to say that the simple straight forward way that the masterclass genius videographer captured her off the cuff thoughts was simply BEAUTIFUL. Who knows the back story of how that got to be what we saw... . I guess that would be another great masterclass. In any case, I learned so much and absolutely love Annie the person. Thank you Annie... and the team that mastered how to capture an artist and their thoughts.

Thamara A.

I loved your story and your tips. I would like to know which could be the best camera you could buy on a thight budget if you are just beginning to take photographs on a professional level.

Depree S.

the video is inspirational but I want to know what is your go-to camera in the studio and in the field. I look forward to seeing what lies ahead in this class. Thank you for sharing your thoughts behind the icon images.

A fellow student

So blessed to purchase my very first Master Class ever after being inspired by my Professor Janelle Covino to use Annie Leibovitz's "Women" as my exploration in yoga portraiture at Brassy Buddha Yoga studios in Union County, NJ, where I went to Catholic school for 9 years. This too has been a religious experience of sorts during the holiday season and I was so inspired I had to get the two for one as a Christmas gift! Thank you Annie Leibovitz, I didn't even know that was the last photo of John Lennon ever taken even with all my study of Mark David Chapman as a Bellevue trained triple board American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatrist. I finally understand why my Jewish room mate at Brown University for three out of five years, David Wadler, brought me personally with his wife to Strawberry Fields and The Dakota. Imagine! My first foray into yoga photography with Chef and Yogini Gianna Ciaramello author of "Rabbit Food." Thank you Annie and Professor Janelle for all the inspiration as the V.A. has helped me put down my Medical Degree:

John S.

The introduction of her images here (some iconic) is the big plus in this session. She outlines her philosophical approach to her work, but fails to really address the "syllabus" of what that will mean to us, and what she intends to cover (what we'll learn) in the lessons ahead.


This PDF is missing the majority of the photos in the intro. Why even have a "photo index" if it's not going to be thorough. I love the idea. Execution is seriously lacking.

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.