Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography | Official Trailer | MasterClass

Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography | Official Trailer | MasterClass

November 4, 2019 100 By Peter Engel


There’s this idea that
in portraiture it’s the photographer’s job to
set the subject at ease. I don’t believe that. Robert Penn Warren was
writing about dying and death, and I just asked him
to take his shirt off. But it was more like I
wanted to see his skeleton. He didn’t have any
guard or shield. [PIANO MUSIC PLAYING] One of my favorite
photographs, Agnes Martin sitting in her painting studio. She said to me, “I sit here
and I wait to be inspired.” I love that. And so I said, “would you
just sit there?” Isn’t that what we all do? We wait to be inspired. [MUSIC PLAYING] All the work that
I’ve ever done, the ideas emanate
from that person. Stand over here,
present yourself. We’re so complicated
as human beings. There’s so many parts to us. That’s where the
ideas come from. Even in the most
set up situation I believe there’s
something really going on. [MUSIC PLAYING] I’m so not a technical
photographer. What camera are you using? [LAUGHTER] If that’s what you’re
thinking about, you’re not taking pictures. [MUSIC PLAYING] Oh, my God, Alice, so beautiful. When you first start
off, stay with one lens and see what it does. You may want to open
up, have more latitude. So when you go back, you can
actually bring it back down and go dark. [MUSIC PLAYING] I’m constantly trying to
emulate natural light. Where is the light coming from? She should fall into that
tree… Actually I love that. [PIANO MUSIC PLAYING] Photograph the people close to
you, your family, your friends. That’s how I learned. When you photograph
people, it’s about history. It’s about looking at our
time, and our culture, and our society
through portraits. You never stop seeing,
you’re seeing all the time. Don’t be afraid to be obsessed. Take the camera, go
out in the world. Find a way to tell a story
that means something to you. I’m Annie Leibovitz, and
this is my MasterClass. [MUSIC PLAYING]