Quote Originally Posted by bvy View Post
I've wondered about this too, but from a slightly different point of view. If more photographers had the balls to do what Gilden does -- i.e., there was a larger body of work of the "flash in your face" variety -- would Gilden's work still be noteworthy? In other words, does Gilden's work stand on its shock value alone?

dirtyharry (Flickr) utilizes this approach far more tactfully, and, to my eyes, far more artfully:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dirtyharrry/
Well, it's possible that Gilden wouldn't be so appreciated if every single photographer has enough courage (or so little respect) to behave similarly.
But photographers usually have both respect and/or fear preventing Gilden's star to dim.