From Annie Leibovitz's MasterClass

Photographic Influences

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.*

Topics include: Henri Cartier-Bresson • Robert Frank • Richard Avedon • Jacques Henri Lartigue • Diane Arbus • Alfred Stieglitz • Sally Mann • David Hockney

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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.*

Topics include: Henri Cartier-Bresson • Robert Frank • Richard Avedon • Jacques Henri Lartigue • Diane Arbus • Alfred Stieglitz • Sally Mann • David Hockney

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

What an incredible course! Loved every minute of it! I loved the casual talking, the case studies and then assignments. Very applicable and extremely inspiring.

I loved this class. It helps you think outside your comfort zone. Not to be afraid of trying new things. I love her thought process. Truly enjoyed every part of this class

Subject, feeling, emotion, message etc... comes first. Technology................................................................ later.

Annie is an artist who says she isn't "technical" but clearly she is, she's just doing it so naturally. Video was like a very intimate interview.

Comments

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"

Debra T.

Wonderful chapter with Annie. I love what she said about Henri Cartier-Bresson that his photos help teach her "how to see" the world. So very true. It is looking at a scene, and seeing the interaction, the flow and a perspective that many may miss. Since I just came back from Italy, I am submitting a few photos I took there for my collage. I was smitten, utterly enthralled, that at every turn, there was a new cacophony of light, color and water. And I was enraptured how Venice transforms into a film noir movie set at night! It was my second visit, but not my last.