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Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 03:57 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 Leibovitz is a strong voice for creative exploration. She's authentic and confident in her approach to visual expression. I love this!

This class was helpful with inspiration and ideas. It also collected important artists to study and learn from. This class demands that you do the work and figure it out on your own, which is appropriate for an art class. Some technical stuff may help tho.

I loved getting to experience Annie's Masterclass! It was a lot of fun and very educational! A couple of suggestions that I have to improve are.... (1) Talk more about the technical aspect.... editing, lighting, shutter speed and aperture. (2) Make it more personal.... have Annie answer people's individual questions.

It shows me to go more on the content side instead of the technical side of the photography and to not let you stopped by rules. Also to get to know your subject it's important for a good photograph on what story the photograph has.



I loved the class! I watched it in its entirety and now I'm in the process of going back watching a second time and completing the assignments as I go.

A fellow student

Telling a story with photography. What is specific to the subject. Know the person and show him/her.

A fellow student

Frustrated that I couldn't pause the video to look at each beautiful portrait - without seeing a request to go to comment posting and a picture of Annie for the next lesson - and the screen being shadowed out. I just wanted to take a longer look at these masterpieces. I can tell already, that this will be a marvellous course, nonetheless.

Shelly S.

This was a good overall introduction. I read her book, but this was helpful to hear her speak on how she sees her style of photography and experiences. I'm glad she say's she is not a technical photographer. I can get that else where. I want to see differently and learn to be open more when I'm working with my subjects.

Leicka Teresa O.

Well I don't know what to expect of this class. Is my first time in MasterClass, so I hope I can gain some knowledge an passion for photography. At the same time, I'm not an expert, but I love and enjoy thaking photos. So I'm excited.

Sally U.

The Introduction was fine. It was useful to see some photographs and receive a couple anecdotes. It would have been great to hear a bit more, including how she became interested in photography, where she started, how she evolved and a little bit more depth on the diversity of images she makes. There was a shift in audio during the Introduction that was odd but hopefully that was a one-off.

Ben B.

I do commercial video production and moving images and sound is something I am very comfortable with. Capturing a story in a still image, a single frame, is mysterious and elusive to me. I think this class has taught me new perspectives on what photography is and how to approach it. I think I can now go out and maybe not become great, but explore in a more sensible and empathetic way, the art of photography. Very instructive and very inspirational. Most of all, very self-assuring and empowering.

J D.

I was really looking forward to this course. I have very little experience with MasterClass so I wasn't sure what to expect. So far I feel like these are very highly produced TED talks. A 'class' or 'course' for me involves interaction, instruction and participation. There is very little to none of this. It's solely listening to someone - and specifically with this class - the lessons she assigns ramble on in a way that isn't articulated very well compared to the rest of the footage and there is no interaction with a course supervisor, TA or anyone. I understand Annie can't literally teach to everyone, but even the class structure portion of the course with actual students was very vague and extremely limited. It would have been infinity more interesting and educational to have more of the behind the scenes footage showing the process in both production and post production with actual conversations to the viewer explaining the process. The footage was more Broll than lessons. I agree with other reviews that this information is readily available online and in other books for free or at a significant less cost. These videos are very well produced in their look - but not in their content. Also, the editing of her talking was very distracting as they cut between cameras and re-edited her speech to form new sentences and thoughts. The audio breaks in-between these new cuts were distracting. I hope the others get better.

Antonia T.

I'm so excited with this masterclass! Annie is such an artist. Such an honor and privilege to be able to attend an online masterclass with her. I'm an amateur photographer and I love taking pictures, especially of my three children. Very excited to learn about portrait photography! Thanks a lot!


I am quite disappointed with the Annie Leibovitz masterclass. In this course you will only find short interview cuts. You can find most of the information on YouTube for free. There is Annie Leibovitz 1993 documentary movie, where some of the information is similar to what you will find in this classes. Such a waste of money.