Photography is a tough occupation and the art world is competitive. It’s understandable that many people choose to make their work a labor of love and not pursue a career, or success in the art world. You can call it a hobby, or call them amateurs, but I think this is often an easy way to simply dismiss the work.
I think this work has value, and I think there’s an abundance of interesting work being produced by amateurs. This is where we find the surplus.