I too put the these photographers in their historical and social context.
It's not just about technique. I give them an idea, as best I can, of the temper of the times these photographers worked in.
Originally Posted by cliveh
I would disagree with this in part, as the technical effort put into a shot, in the form of a wet plate or a digital snap is only important from a fine art context, or painterly view. What makes some of the shots taken by these photographers is the historical and social context. My younger students appreciate pictures by Weegee when I explain the photograph in context of the situation, or HCB in terms of MO to get the shot.