Think of the divide between printer/photographer as you would singer/songwriter. Nobody's feelings would be hurt if you said Bernie Taupin wasn't a great singer. A photographer who turns their work over to someone else for finishing can be a master photographer, and might take no insult if not remembered as a master printer.
Any photographer/printer fills the role of master printer to their own work. It is a challenge that can limit, so Fred Picker worked very hard to make Fine Prints yet he's remembered here less as a photographer. I have always been sensitive to this because I consider myself a printer. I need something worthwhile to print. My photography is driven by the print. But I strive not to print for the print's sake alone. I demand an interesting subject or idea from my photographer-self. My ingrained printer demands a negative that is beautiful.
It's a journey with ups and downs, I wouldn't knock either for a few gaffes along the way. Call me a journeyman printer.
Originally Posted by Ian Grant