Blake Andrews Interview Contest

A challenge from Fototazo’s interview with Blake Andrews. I’m participating because I’m interested in the results. But it’s a tough challenge, especially because as someone who doesn’t believe that art is just about pleasure, I get stuck between ranking by what gives me pleasure or ranking by what I find most intellectually exciting.

I think, for the purposes of this challenge, I’ll rank by what gives me pleasure. And I’ll definitely predict by what I think people will like.


  1. Weston
  2. Sugimoto
  3. Shore
  4. Strand
  5. Lange
  6. McCurry
  7. Eggleston
  8. Sherman
  9. Orkin
  10. Arbus
  11. Gursky
  12. Fenton
  13. Capa
  14. Soth
  15. Stieglitz
  16. Sassen
  17. Moriyama
  18. Parr
  19. Evans
  20. Ballen

The predictions though are even harder since I have no idea who will be responding. I’ll keep it generic and bias toward the recognizable/appealing without trying to second guess the contestants.

Ranking guess

  1. McCurry
  2. Lange
  3. Soth
  4. Weston
  5. Orkin
  6. Sugimoto
  7. Sherman
  8. Parr
  9. Arbus
  10. Capa
  11. Shore
  12. Stieglitz
  13. Sassen
  14. Evans
  15. Strand
  16. Eggleston
  17. Gursky
  18. Moriyama
  19. Ballen
  20. Fenton

And yeah, looking at the lists, I think I’m making the assumption that most people like photos of people. And failing that, striking black and white compositions. As for what I like, that’s harder to explain…

Author: Nick Vossbrink

Blogging about Photography, Museums, Printing, and Baseball Cards from both Princeton New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. On Twitter as @vossbrink, WordPress at, and the web at

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