Cuthbert, I applaud your tenacity here. I get your points. However I’m neutral here.
In fact I would recognize that photography when viewed or presented as art-is art.
In fact I have seen many photographers and photos which I personally would call art.
But I get all of your points. Unfortunately you have fallen into the age old argument…
“What is art?”
There’s no objective viewpoint there.
Plus, out of respect for the very thing itself(because it’s art, and important for life), we must defer to the one or the many who portray
it as art.
What good does proclaiming something as “non-art” achieve? Nothing. It’s all taste.