In answer to Artinthepicture, I believe Claude’s creative mind would have grabbed the chance to try another medium in this new age.
Photography was not considered an “Art Form” until close to his death when his eyesight was gone. People with talent and wisdom like Steiglitz, A.Adams, Weston and a host of other’s convinced the world that photography was indeed an Art.
I have yet to find a creative person who doesn’t have an interest in many mediums be it painting, sculpture, writing, photography or even colorful cooking and doesn’t excell in most.
So yes, I believe, given the chance in the modern times, without having to tote a bag full of chemicals, glass plates and a rather large camera that would have been the only thing available to him in his lifetime, he would have loved and excelled in photography. I only worry that he may have kept my 5D! 🙂