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.*

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.

Entertaining stories, less about lens selections and compositing. Perhaps that was the insightful point.

Practical insight with plenty of creative process too. Love learning Annie's POV and willingness to share. Well worth the cost.

"Inspiration", this is the one word, that I will say.

It was wonderful to hear Annie describe her journey through photography and realize that she's as normal as the rest of us, with flaws and fears. I didn't need to hear how she technically creates her images, so that was fine for me. I wanted to hear her honest approach and how she views her life in photography. And that's what I got. Thank you Annie for sharing your photography life with us.


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.


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"