In Steichen's time, photographers were very concerned with how they fit in with the broader arts. He wrote in "A Life in Photography" about the old German painter, Richard Lorence who volunteered to criticise their work. The best he would say of a photograph was ""Well that's a good one. It would make a fine painting."
Originally Posted by batwister
Now I see much narcissism and ignorance of all art in digital photography and the social networking framework that it feeds.
But I am glad you bring up people like Nadav Kander to remind me there is good work being done.
I am sure Steichen would have appreciated and exhibited his work in the Museum of Modern Art.