Be careful what you say about Bulgaria, @peederj, because it turns out Bulgaria is full of about the most soulful photographers on planet earth. Fifty years ago they may have been restricted to pin-hole cameras I don't know, but today they have metal gear with little wires just like we do. What do you think of this?http://photomoment.bg/photo/82375
Yes? Then I could also show you, right away, 100 more, in every style and on every subject carrying as much or more impact -- Bulgaria! Add in Russia, Belorus, Ukraine, Turkey, even Moldova and you have a feast that just never ends. 5dMkii is popular in those regions among professionals but you will see astonishing results from less rarified kit and every kind of junk, pin-holes too I kid you not.
What is the "American perspective," anyway? Is whatever's left over Socialist Realism?