A precious gift that I recieved for Christmas, from a dear friend, was a subscription to an Annie Leibovitz Masterclass.
Masterclass is an app that provides master-classes by people who are world renowned in their field, it can be optained on Google Play Store and the Apple Store.
There are a few points that I’m taking away. Which I’ll bullet point below. But the most interesting point was a question one of her students asked. It was raised in relation to to photo-journalism, but I think it applies to all genres of photography. “Where is the line?” I photographed an act of self harm for part four of my coursework and in assignment four, and it was necessary for me to question was my photography relevant, necessary and provided in context. Ultimately this is a personal question and each photographers answer is subjective. It’s of note that Leibovitz says this question is ongoing for photographers.
- You cannot capture an individual with one photo
- To capture different aspects of personality more than one photo is required
- It’s beneficial to return to work with an individual in a new setting at a different time (months or years apart
- A series created in such manner reveals more about a person than a single shoot could do
- Take lots of photos and regularly
- It takes years to learn how to see
- Keep photos that you’re not initially drawn too, your perspective may change over time