Sorry to post again, but you're making me excitable.
Joel Sternfeld influenced a big move back to painterly compositional convention with colour work.
Nadav Kander, Jem Southam, Burtynsky, Todd Hido - with his Hopper hotel room pastiches. They're all at it, and these photographers in particular have a massive impact on youngens. Very craft oriented too.
I don't think you're really aware of what's going on in photography, aside from amateur photo sharing sites.