If it is, how would it be classify and define photos worthy to be considered notable works of art? With all these graphic programs and technology that allow photographers to 'touch up' their pictures, it would be hard to tell nowadays if a stunning photo was of a stunning view or captured in its natural state or essence, or whether it was an enhanced image. Also, what does it say about our culture - decline?
No. The same thing has been said with every advance in the materials used in art. To be art the photo does not need to be breathtaking, it needs to say something more than the face value of the picture itself, and touched up or re-worked is not important.