Don't let anyone tell you you need the Canon 5D MkII to take pictures. You can cobble one together from kitchen rubbish and in fifty years you'll have your work exhibited in some of the world's most prestigious galleries. Seriously though, Tichy proves you don't need the latest gadgets to make photographic art. In fact, sometimes it helps to ignore conventions and technical aspects altogether.
If you like Tichy's photographs, you might also want to check out Sigmar Polke, though you might have to visit an art gallery or library to properly view and appreciate his work.