Some time ago i have started discussion about art photography and majority of participants stated that photography has nothing to do with art.
unfortunately, such statement indicates lack of basic knowledge of art history, and no understanding of what art is whatsoever.
From about 50-100 years art is no longer about being "visually pleasing". Pure painting is craft, no better or worse than photography. In contemporary art world, art is all about thought, intention. Whatever is it paiting, photography, sculpture or rotten banana - this is just form of expressing this certain thought. The quality of certain artpiece is not definied by "how good does it looks", but "how good does it express this certain thought".
That's why painting of a black rectangle, or urinal might be considered as one of biggest masterpieces.
It's silly to say that photography is not art, because anything may be art if used properly.
That's also why 99% of concept art has to do with art as much, as Library science with science. . There is no thought behind it. You just want to be good at painting, that's it. This is craft.
However, since you didn't understand what art is, one more question must be raised.
Is craft of painting harder than craft of photography? Again, many of you thinks, that all effort of picture taking is just clicking a button. Photography is 90% about composition and lighting, 10% about mechanical stuff, whereas painting is is much more about mechanical stuff (which may be very expressive itself, which is great virtue of painting). That doesn't makes photography any easier or worse than painting. Sure, anyone can "take a picture". But that will be a crappy picture, and anyone can paint a crappy painting.