A question came to me about how many of the folks here have attended a professional photography school. Of utmost importance in the query is to understand this is not about who may be "better than" anyone else, or have more knowledge, but simply to gather in the various experiences of those on the forum.
Expanding on this, Gerhard Bakker, Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, in 1965 stated to me once, and I do not remember if this was about my work or somebody else's, "They tried so hard to be different, they forgot to be good." And this is actually learned on the street easier than in school. It is about appreciating the idea of self appraisal, being self critical yet also being able to be self affirming. Possibly the best work comes out of those who can see the good aspects of their own work, yet throw out the stuff we do which is not so good. In other words an editorial capacity is the essence of a good photographer. Maybe none of this has to do with whether one graduates from a school or not, but I was just curious about how many have graduated and any comments folks may wish to make.
As for me.... Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1965
Ms. Tommie Lauer