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.

Before...I used to carry my camera everywhere and take pictures all the time. Although I always thought that it would be a nice job, I just had the chance to do it as part of one of my other passions (archaeology). Knowing how she started in the "industry" and seeing her first pictures I see I could have done more and may be is not late yet.

I like hearing her theory on everything but i would have loved to see her actually working on set. Seeing her work her magic. She is an amazing photographer. i thought the course could have been better in teaching portrait photography.

I am a writer and photographer. Annie has always been an inspiration because she is a storyteller-every photo tells a story, some simple, some complex. I learned how to trust my instincts, how to keep it simple and the treasure of natural light.

Loved Annie’s honesty and vulnerability after so many years of work. She shared her love of a challenge, of an assignment as a new opportunity to tell a story about a person. Thank you Annie!


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.


I loved hearing about Photographers who have influenced Annie. I love photography, always have a camera along with me, but have not yet really studied other photographers to understand different styles. I can’t wait to get started reading and learning more about great photographers both in the past and also more in present times.

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.