I'm guessing you have yet to take your photo history course. Very few 'artists' using photography to this point in time have had formal art education. It is the exception rather than the rule.

Quote Originally Posted by stevebarry

I would say, the majority of photographers that will be remembered in the art world, have had a formal art education. There are exceptions of course, some extremly notable ones, but it certainly is not the majority. Some of my favorite photographers are self taught....