How on earth did he become famous?

Watching this documentary just reinforced my opinion of Newton as a rather dull and untalented photographer. Perhaps some people find his unintelligent and endless mutterings charming in some way but I honestly can't see anything appealing about the man or his work. If someone posted photos like that on Flickr today, no-one would even notice them among all the other amateurish work there. I doubt he could even get work today if he started out now. I didn't see a single image that made me think "I wish that was in my folio" (yes, I'm a photographer). Anyway, as a means to learning about a 'famous' photographer, this documentary was a useful tool.