Who influenced you as a photographer?

This might seem like an odd question, but professional photographers,
like musicians or painters (the ones who paint on canvas, not on houses),
should have been mentored or influenced by someone. They should be
glad to share that information with you whether it’s a world famous photographer,
a teacher, or the guy who owns a local studio. There should be at least one name
he can share with you off the top of his head.

When I hire a photographer I google the name of the influence. It can be very
interesting. One of the photographers who influenced me, in case you were
wondering is a man named Elliott Erwitt. His photos should make you smile, or even
laugh out loud.