Not to be Mr. Contrary, but I have found the exact opposite. Whereas my commercial experience has helped a great deal with the business aspects of being a "fine art" photographer, my credentials meant nothing as was pointed out by Private Dealer. In fact I was told early on by one of the better-known dealers out there that I should hide the fact that I was a commercial photographer and not use it to try to impress galleries. One went so far as to tell me I could not do both and expect to get anywhere. I argued tooth and nail over this but here 20 years later, I cannot agree more. Brian brings up several of the greats that easily made the crossover, however that is not the usual case. Those names were huge and not simply your average editorial or ad shooter. In today's world commercial shooters are a dime a dozen and very often looked upon by the "art" world with disdain.
Originally Posted by Early Riser