The great photographic art has been made by people doing something else: by Eugene Atget trying to document Paris -
There is of course Man Ray but he was a painter
However the most famous is Stieglitz who manipulated and scratched his images to ensure the hoi polloi would know they were artists.
Nowadays the photographer most like to be accepted by the hoi polloi or haute scribblers are those who are really painters like David Hockney -
|Hockney polaroid collages|
and those bloody awful kitschy pictures of a dogs-as-people - William Wegman who is also a painter.
But the high priestess of high concept is Cindy Sherman who creates provocative reflections of the America Psyche using props and wigs and things and whose picture go for millions.
But today's photographers who use computer software to elevate their normally mundane photographs to fine artworks at the touch of a key by adding artistic effects thus ensuring they appear as 'paint-by-numbers' pieces can be safely dismissed as hopelessly misguided and downright lazy. These works do not, as I mentioned before, show the viewer a different way of seeing the world and as a result they fail completely as creative artworks or even as photographs.