Masters of Photography Masterclass with Steve McCurry

March 17, 2018 | Mark Goldstein | Technique | Comment |

Masters of Photography have announced their next masterclass with legendary photographer Steve McCurry. During Steve McCurry’s masterclass students can enjoy an unprecedented insight into the way McCurry works. His 4 hour masterclass, has been broken down into 25 intimate lessons that capture his knowledge, ethos and philosophy.

Masters of Photography Press Release

Masters of Photography; Unique online masterclasses from the best photographers in the world.

London, 17 March 2018. Masters of Photography announce their next masterclass with legendary photographer Steve McCurry.

Masters of Photography is a unique online learning platform which brings together some of the worlds most acclaimed photographers; the Masters. 

During Steve McCurry’s masterclass students can enjoy an unprecedented insight into the way McCurry works. His 4 hour masterclass, has been broken down into 25 intimate lessons that capture his knowledge, ethos and philosophy. Students can learn at their own pace as they embark on a personal journey with their Master photographer.

Chris Ryan, professional photographer and filmmaker and co-founder of Masters of Photography said: “What we capture in photography is all about us as individuals, and our unique view of the world. Steve McCurry’s masterclass gives students that very rare opportunity to experience his view of the world”.

Masters of Photography (MoP) aims to teach and inspire all photographers to create better images. The classes do not feature technical lessons about how to use a camera, nor are they biased to any type of camera device. 

Production quality was a high priority for filmmaker Chris Ryan. He said: “We filmed the Masters in such a way that students feel like they are walking side by side with their Master photographers gaining inspiration, listening, learning and watching. We wanted to make these masterclasses hugely engaging by using high production values, taking the Masters to locations across the world that both excited us and stimulated them. This gives students a unique view into how the Masters create their images”. 

Steve McCurry is one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography. Celebrated for his incredible images that have captured the world around us including the iconic Afghan Girl in 1984, he has had scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books and countless exhibitions around the world to his name. Speaking about his masterclass Steve McCurry said “With the camera you can wander and explore, get into sort of a meditative state, a zone of concentration where you become hyperaware of your environment. You start to notice things, sights and sounds, which normally we would walk by and not pay any attention to because our mind was thinking about something else”. He went on to say “I hope my masterclass will help students to understand that the journey is always more important than the actual destination”.

A selection of synopses, taken from Steve McCurry’s masterclass 

Lesson No 06 Tell a story

The best pictures are the ones that tell a story. Learn about Steve’s visual storytelling as he shares with you how he created some of his photographs

Lesson No 11 Street photography; spontaneous moments 

Make the most of chance encounters! Learn from Steve as he teaches you about grasping spontaneous moments and opportunities.

Lesson No 13 Interiors; using existing light 

See how Steve makes use of the available light in his portraits and interior scenes. Watch him create images at monastery in Portugal. 

Lesson No 15 Portraiture; 9 key tips 

Steve shares with you his eight key tips to taking a portrait, from revealing emotion to what background to use. Watch and learn as he 
takes portraits in Portugal and Cuba. 

Lesson No 25 Making pictures for a living 

Go out, take chances, take risks and be curious about the world you live in. Steve gives his insights and advice on how to try and make a living out of your photographs. He leaves you with some inspirational words and wishes you the best of luck on your journey. 

MoP co-founder Gilles Storme said: “I have been involved in content creation for most of my career and I’ve always understood the importance of lifelong learning, not only for professional reasons but also for self-fulfillment. The evolution of technology and the internet has created an exceptional opportunity for people all over the world to access tutoring and education to develop their work skills and interests. We hope Masters of Photography will set a new quality standard for the photography e-learning market”.

Steve McCurry joins the Masters’ roster which opened with artist photographer Joel Meyerowitz. MoP look forward to opening influential photographer Albert Watson’s masterclass in late Spring 2018. Subscribe to to receive the latest updates and news. 

Each masterclass is priced at $170 (approximately £120 / €135 based on local currency exchange rates as of March 2018)

• McCurry’s masterclass has 4 hours of intimate modular video learning, broken out into 25 easy to watch lessons for students to 
take at their own pace.
• Each masterclass contains entirely original content.
• Learn from the Master’s and take up the challenge of their assignments.
• Download workshop notes, a transcript and synopsis from each lesson.
• Students can upload and share their photographs with the MoP Community for critique and feedback from fellow students.
• Be inspired by peer images uploaded onto the student Photostream.
• Each student will receive a certificate of participation.
• Students can watch at their own pace using a lifetime access to their masterclass.
• Inspire someone by giving the gift of a course.

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