I lied. There are eleven words and photographers. But who is counting? I did this same film as a YouTube Live last week or the week before, but I liked the content enough to redo it here with more information.
For me, one of the most important things is knowing your history and understanding the context of where your work might fit in. I also believe that knowing your history will reveal the photographers who live as the foundation of the entire industry. (These are the folks I would aspire to be were I still working as a photographer.)
A few weeks ago I was thinking about words I would use if attempting to define a successful politician. Then I moved those same words over to the photography space and thought about photographers who were strong representatives of each of these words, characteristics, or attributes. Each of these photographers is interchangeable with each word, so if you feel like mixing and matching, by all means.