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Design & Style

Photographic Influences

Annie Leibovitz

Lesson time 14:49 min

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Alfred Stieglitz, and Richard Avedon—Annie introduces us to the photographers who have inspired her, sharing the personal lessons she has derived from their work.*

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.

It has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone.

It gave me inspiration to continue my photography.

It was great to see how she worked and what inspired her. Simplicity can be powerful.

Best class! I left feeling inspired and filled with new ideas.


Martin H.

I must agree with Vincenzo. In my opinion this masterclass was one of the weakest on this platform. Expected more!


Sorry guys but I have to rate all the lesson (up to now) from 1 to 2 out of 5 maximum. I paid for a class not for an interview about her life. I respect her life but I am not here to see her turning pages and you should all be more objective and not giving random compliments. Learn to distinguish the artist you love from the teacher it should be. Thanks, rated 1.

Suzanne W.

This is an important lesson. When one gets inspiration from others in the field, it isn't because you can't come up with ideas of your own, but instead you start to define what you like and what you don't like.

A fellow student

Loved her reverence for others who share her craft and who have inspired her.

Yatzek P.

This is much more about Annie Leibowitz rather than these famous photographs and their photographs. Good as a part of Annie's story but not as part of a class


I really like the class , I don't know if one can set it up , but what I like to see is that when you come back to the classes it goes to where you left off instead of starting at the beginning all the time. Anyone know if you can set it up like that?

Bridgid W.

In this last year I got to sit with a well-known photographer who shared his inspirations as well as his own books. This treat/ exercise set me off to expand my world of “photography” which is why I am doing this course. I listed all the photographers that would interest me. Here we are with the best and to hear that she had inspiration and who that was is like winning a jackpot. Thank you! Never underestimate the power of inspiration!

Duncan K.

Very thoughtful discussion and insights into the art of photography, delightfully free of too much focus on tools and technology. Refreshing. Thank you!

Anne A.

How do you download all downloadables from a class instead of one at a time?

Andrea P.

Photography is "How you see". Looking at life through the lense. Richard Avedon has photographed many famous people... and the images are stunning. Diane Arbus is so inspiring and her images powerful. I love Dorothea Lange, when I was in college, I tried to imitate her style. Of course, I have always loved Annie's images.