To define an object as art falls far short of the truth. Art it is a process — an activity motivated by people’s fundamental need to collaborate and cooperate. This is the most defining quality of humans. Even art done in isolation says, “This is what I see — this is who I am — what is your reaction? How will you respond to me?” Picasso claimed, “Art is a lie that brings us closer to the truth.” Art philosopher Dennis Dutton saw art serving Darwinian ends of survival and reproduction.
In this view, obviously photography is art, and the photographer is an artist — as in music, dance, theater, literature, and endless other art forms. Teaching and sports have elements of art. It is everywhere. Even forms of photography, which might seem dry and expressionless — documentation or journalism — are artistic because choices are made between alternative expressions.