For me, one of the most important things is knowing your history and understanding the context of where your work might fit in. I also believe that knowing your history will reveal the photographers who live as the foundation of the entire industry. (And there are many, many more.)

A few weeks ago I was thinking about words I would use if attempting to define a successful politician. Then I moved those same words over to the photography space and thought about photographers who were strong representatives of each of these words, characteristics, or attributes. Each of these photographers is interchangeable with each word, so if you feel like mixing and matching, by all means.

Bonus film about Trent Parke I find illuminating.


Daniel Milnor is a co-editor at AG23. He once worked as both a fragrance model and a hot tub installer but is better known as a reformed-journalist, photographer and writer who is now, once again, performing these duties in his role as “Creative Evangelist,” for Blurb Inc., the world’s premiere indie publishing platform. He lives in and loves New Mexico. Siempre Juntos.