Ever wonder who, of the modern crop of famous photographers (or perhaps not famous) is going to be revered 50 years hence?
Did the world know that Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange et al know that they were going to be in a similar position?
Oddly, I suspect the answer is yes. Edward was being collected when collecting photography was unheard of. He was writing articles for photography magazines. Margaret Bourke White was on the cover of Life at a time when that was about as big a deal as you could be in North America. It's my impression that virtually none of the greats now revered were unknown in their own time.
The implication is that we likely already know of the photographers and their work; who will be famous 50 years hence. Kinda makes you think.
Will the revered be the current crop of Ansel Adams followers - John Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum et al, or will it be the photographers who took colour and made it art - people like Joel Myerowitz? Could it be the photographers who push the envelop and scribble on their images, use alternative processes to photograph the dead and rotting - people like Joel Peter Witkin. It's interesting to me that he's famous, but I can't think of a single person who has continued along that line who's name I know or who's images repeatedly show up, suggesting that common sense has prevailed - the originator gets the fame, the followers wallow in obscurity.
Who do you think are the photographers now in their 30's and 40's who are going to be revered in 50 years?