One thing about AA which classifies him as a genius, is that he realized that he is only a link in the chain and that others will come to surpass his accomplishments. In fact he always encouraged it of his students do try to do so.
I found out that my good friend and mentor, Carroll Siskind, died 4 years ago. His was the photo teacher at Monmouth College, NJ in the late 1970's and was my main influence for getting me into photography. His work is not well known yet he did one series on manaquins that is sensational. He also did street and fashion photography that rivals any master.