"Mark, as for "aquired taste" and such, that reminds me of a Saturday Night Live skit where a family had an aquired taste things like grossly sour milk or a chair that hurt the person sitting on it. What is the sense of that? I would rather follow (relatively speaking) in the footsteps of Arthur Fellig (Weegee the Magnificent) than 99% of the modern "master" photographers. Instead of pursuing the obscure and inscrutable, why not persue that which will make the viewer stand up with eyes open wide? "
Brian- Adams has published more than twenty books, has a long exhibition record in some very impressive galleries, etc. etc., and is considered by most in the photographic "art world" to be a noteworthy modern photographer. While you certainly have every right to ignore or argue against his work, at some point you should acknowledge that, or at least start to wonder if, while his work may hold nothing for you, it holds something real and significant for others who react honestly and positively to his work. We're not just gulping sour milk for comedic effect, (I hope... )
But WeeGee/Fellig was a great photographer too. By all means, let him open your eyes, inspire your work... but don't bog yourself down in frustrated attacks on what you don't like. While it's good to argue aesthetics and criticism, I think this is just a spot where we won't influence or educate each others' positions very much.