Design, Photography, & Fashion

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.*

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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.



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

Every time I hear Annie Leibovitz talking I just get emotion about life, that what I learn from her.

I have learnt about the important of seeing and will bring that with me. I will also try to free myself from being too technical in my approach and more work on creating content and telling a story. The personal part of photography and what the picture means to me as a photographer and the subject is also interesting. I will continue to look for beautiful pictures on so many levels

To be honest I just took this masterclass without any real desire to do photography but I was compelled by Annie and how she explains her philosophy . This biggest takeaway for me is that photography is an adventure, always different, helping you to see the world, find yourself and perhaps most importantly capturing those moments with the people that are most special to you in your life.

First, I thought this was an awkward class. Taught by an overly shy person. But a year later it's the one class that I remember most fondly, strange.


Comments

Steve H.

While I think that learning about her photography inspirations is helpful, I found the "Learn More" section to be very informative to attain a deeper understanding of her mentors.

A fellow student

All my inspirations as well. I understand that obsession to collect great photographer's books.

Thom A.

The Hockney photo-collage idea sounds intriguing. I'll check out Lartigue and Frank. The others were familiar to me.

Kenton M.

That's a really cool idea!!!! Something I wouldn't have thought of. You know your stuff Annie! :D

Brenda K.

Great Lesson, about other photographers she liked and how to just keep looking at books and how they feel and think about their photos.

Grant B.

Great Chapter for me. I loved hearing a bit more about what influenced her within each artist's work.

PJ

Really enjoying this so far. Annie is so open about her work, takes the mystery out of it which I like. I like her lighting philosophy as well as her return policy.

Rick L.

I have a room full of photo books that I have collected for many years. It is great for inspiration. Being reminded to look at them or get more is needed as we so often can get so focused on things we forget where the inspiration come from. There is also something wonderful about holding a book or a print and looking at it that is beyond seeing a photo on a screen.

Jan K.

Nothing to be learned here on real photography in this course. You're better off just buying a book instead of waisting 100 euros here.

Minoru I.

Isaac Newton said "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants"