After many years of intensely studying photography and shooting (maybe not as intensely) I still haven’t a clue as to why some photographers became famous and most have not. It almost seems to me it is more about the marketing of yourself as opposed to some extraordinary skill of composition or color. I see dozens of photos by amateurs on Flickr that are some of the best photos I have seen anywhere (at least they look that way on the computer). I also see the beauty in shots by the world famous photographers and recognize their skillful eye. But, there are thousands of photographers of equal technical and visual skill, yet only a handful become famous. Is there any way to sum up why this is? Is it really just down to being able to market and sell yourself? I even see some full time photographers making a living who really only have average visual work. How did they make it? If all this is, is having some technical skill, but the bulk is being a marketer, is being a photographer really all that impressive? Do you really want to mostly be a salesman? Is that enjoyable to you?