Modern Language Association (MLA):I believe it fits the definition.
Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 28 Feb. 2007.
Unlike a painter, the photographer has to deal with what is there. A painter gets to create a "reality" whereas the photographer has to deal with reality.
It's more of a skill in "seeing" than it is with "imagining".
A photographer has to know what is visually interesting and then capture it. Timing, lighting, color, contrast, composition, and working within the limitations of his/her equipment makes creating an appealing two-dimensional image difficult.
Perhaps photography is not a fine art, but some who read this may reconsider just how much of an "art" it may really be.