Sandra J. Shaw says no. tl;dr: Photography can be beautiful and have aesthetic features, but it is not art because it is not produced through cognition.
NEW group this Sunday on Meetup! Are you Curious about Ayn Rand? Join this welcoming group to discuss how Ayn Rand’s ideas relate to your life. Our first online conversation will focus on questions raised by the COVID crisis and the method for deciding how to handle similar issues in the future. You can read this very brief summary in advance. Please know this is not a debate but an open discussion for those who are genuinely curious to learn more about applying the principles of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism.