These photographers may have never known the significance of the pictures they took and that millions would be marveling at them in the future. From thousands of images, I chose these to give us a rare and fascinating look at how different (and similar) life used to be.
These artists were all masters of their craft. While their road was never easy, you can see they had a special passion and determination in their element. It's inspiring to see people do what they seem to have been born to do.