I have one of his prints in my posession, and the digital image on his web site does not do it justice.

But, each to his own, so think what you wish.

And I do agree about the overuse as an excuse as you noted, so there is truth in what you say. OTOH, he is a well respected photographer and author, and his books are selling well. He is one of the editors of Photo Techniques.

This time last year he gave a lecture at the George Eastman House IIRC.

Not many of us can add all of that to their resume. There must be a reason.