The question “is photography art?” has been a controversial topic in the art world for a very long time. It is a very relevant and important topic if you are wanting to produce quality works of art in a career as a photographer. Having someone describe one of your images as “a pretty picture” when you see it as a work of art is disturbing to a photographer. So it’s worth looking at the question from several different angles before we pick which side to weigh in on.
Art is subjective. We all see works of art through our own eyes and may view a work differently than someone else. Many people would look at a Jackson Pollack “splatter” artwork and determine most definitely that modern art is not art because it “doesn’t look like anything.” And if you spend any time in the modern art world, you will definitely see something at some time along the way occupying space in a perfectly respectable art museum that, to you, could never be considered art.