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Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 24:42 min

Annie sits down with students from her alma mater, the San Francisco Art Institute, to critique their work and share her own approach to core principles of photography.

Annie Leibovitz
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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.

Thoroughly enjoyed this class. I found it insightful and motivating. It was nice to get a look into Annie's philosphy, her mentors and her passion for photography.

learned about the different perspectives on picture taking - how to create a photograph, what is important and not important, Ms. Lebowitz's story on how she became a photographer (ahem, I mean a conceptual artist).

I am so excited to be learning from her, she's amazing.

It was something I would have never had the opportunity to experience, learning from Annie Leibovitz herself. Hearing the heart behind the compassion, and listening to her talk about her own mistakes and imperfections. I feel my imperfections are not so bad but maybe a signature mark on my own work now. It was a beautiful look into the daily work and life of an amazing artist. Thanks Annie.


Andrea P.

I'm glad to hear, from someone like Annie, that it's not all about the camera.

Tobias M.

I really like listening to her interactions, because you gain insight into how she relates to people, and (here) how she discusses other people’s work. Her comments about focus, and working without being in ‘control’ of the subject are insightful.


Not my favourite video, I’d love to hear suggestions as to how the students to do even better with their shots - some really interesting ideas being explored by them.

Danielle T.

It's wonderful to hear how Annie approached her photography. But I was hoping more for info on lenses and editing. I wanted more 'how to'. I felt like this was more of a bio doc than a course on photography. But I still enjoyed it.


This is a good beginner basics, but I was hoping for angle suggestions for food, like side, overhead, etc.

William D.

I did like secession as photography is about personal expression as much as it is about how to - In this case, it hints at why to, or better states, why do you... Great stuff if you are not in too much of a rush to consider a bigger picture

A fellow student

Not much learning on that session, I know all of this is not about technique but still I would have preferred constructive feedback on what's good and what's not. I do not really see the value of this student session video in this course

A fellow student

Although I enjoyed listening to Annie's and her students' philosophical thoughts, I was hoping, instead of generalities, for more actual teaching on how to see, and how to develop it. After all, it is the lesson's title.

Brian G.

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Renee M.

As a retired teacher, I really enjoyed this. It is always a pleasure to listen to young creative students talk about their work. It's a great time of life for them as they discover and work with who they are.