See also: Social Documentary Photography | Photography and Art
For many years after its invention photography struggled for recognition as an art form in its own right. Perhaps this is because rather than creating something that didn't previously exist the photgrapher simply records that which is before his lens. However, the art in photography is selecting what minute detail is selected from the myriad of visual noise that is the world.
Famous Photographers is a guide to some of the greatest photographers in the history of the craft, featuring biographies, Web links, and books. A brief perusal of the images produced by these masters will reveal the quality, depth and perception that separates their work from the snapshots of the crowd.