I've been reading a book about historical photographers and something sprung to mind. Names like Frederick H Evans, Eugene Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Andre Kertesz etc, that appear in all the history books, were all amateur photographers, many in camera clubs, many submitted photos to magazines of the time and got published, some went on to take professional photos.
And now they appear in every history book and often with pictures no better than many photographers on ePHOTOzine. So I started to think, will some of the members here one day be in the history books of the future. How do you make that grade to be recognised? Who decides? Many of our members have moved from amateur, to being published and now earn a living from the hobby, but will their work go down in history. At what point did Stieglitz, for example, be seen with historical value.
I hope I'm around to see the books of the future and I hope you have some views to share here.
Tags: History of photography