Can Photography Be called Art? That question has been answered and it's yes.
At minimum the photo should be pleasing to the eye. Good composition is a must. You know, all them things your art instructor told you 50 years ago still apply. The photographs I make have to meet only one criteria and that is "My Approval."
The story goes that a reporter asked the nature photographer Elliot Porter to describe his work. Mr Porter replied: "If I could to that I wouldn't be a photographer." I should add that Mr Porter's son has said that his father had no confidence in his own writing.
For myself I have on occasion got off the beach and walked Laguna Beach in search of interesting compositions.
This is one.