Seems to me that a photographers' work is only appreciated (or evaluated) by a large body of work, not by (for example) a mere dozen individual images, certainly not by her/his "best" few. "Richard Avedon Portraits" convinced me of that again yesterday : 27 full-8X10 contact-print size portraits in a Japanese-style book. I've owned it for months, not understanding why it was Japanese-style until the lightning struck ...I unfolded it on the floor (well over 20 feet long on each side). It's a treasure, an entire exhibition, beautifully printed. And this is only one slice of his work, doesn't include fashion, West, politicians, or the insane (as in his book with James Baldwin). http://www.amazon.com/Richard-Avedon-Portraits-Morris-Hambourg/dp/0810935406 http://www.metmuseum.org/special/Richard_Avedon/portraits_images.htm Here's Christina Garcia Rodero's body of work (part of it) in another format. Humbling. : http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/essay/between-heaven-and-earth I've got thousands of slides, a hundred good soon-to-be-burned wet-darkroom prints, books of tear sheets, but all I care about is the recent stuff, maybe a cat's paw into a future body of work...or maybe the future will just be more scattered images. The only thing I know about them is that the images won't be significant until/unless I've printed them to my satisfaction because their significance (for me, not for Rodero or Avedon or you, necessarily) has to do with being made by my own hands (the craft) and shared. Are a few images worthwhile as depictions of your work? How many? Are you consciously developing (focused on, working within) your own "body of work?"