Whilst many of us probably dream occasionally of getting 'the' shot. The one photo that for some reason propels us into the mass media, even if for a short time, are we destined to just be forgotten behind our work?
Leonardo DaVinci, Michaelangelo, Raffael, Mozart, Wagner, Van Gogh are all names we know well, but with photography it could be said our photos are the famous ones, not the photographers.
Who took the photo of the Chinese man standing defiant in front of tanks in Tienanmen Square, or the starving child in Africa with the vulture lurking in the background? The young vietnamese girl running naked down the road during the war? Or more recently the kissing couple in front of the riots in Toronto. All these are instantly recognisable photos, and many can say where they were taken as well, yet the photographers name often eludes us, by not being a 'household' name.
What makes this so? Are photographers destined to be unknown?