On a different thread a seemingly innocent question turned into the typical digital vs "traditional" thread. As if this was not bad enough, one of the arguments explaining the lower prices of ink jet prints was that they are mechanically reproduced, to which the digital camp counter that all photography is mechanically reproduced and that photographers are merely craftman. Funnily enough, apparently I was the only one taking the position that photography IS an art, albeit with some craft like elements. This being the LF forum I find this very puzzling, supposedly we represent the pinnacle of photography for lack of a better word, in an age of smaller and smaller cameras some which do not even require film, we are still lugging this heavy equipment because (supposedly) we care about the art and the quality of the work, yet I found most people on the other thread arguing that photography is no more art than the work done by the guy who fixes your shoes. Regardless of the differences of opinion and disagreements I would have thought this was a common belief among this group, that photography is an art. God knows I am not advocating that we all hold hands and sing Kumbayah or pat each other in the back, like most here there are some people I want nothing to do with and one I would not pi$$ on if he was on fire, but all this aside I thought there was one underlying thing that at least kept all of us coming back. So what do you all think? Art or craft? If you feel you need to qualify your response, do so, but the first word I would like to read is either art or craft, so I can take a "head" count sort of speak... I promise to stay out of this one, I simply want to know what is the general feeling of this forum.