Realist painting has been the core of Western Art for the last 800 years and most of our conspicuous art treasures are in that form. Modern digital picture-making is by every dot and tittle a robotic version of realist painting and shares its capacity for grand pictures. It also bears the cost of not being believed, at least by sophisticated viewers, in the same way that nobody really believes paintings.
The making of pictures out of light sensitive materials is not replicated by digital activity and for several important purposes anything touched by the curse of the hidden pixel is not worth looking at.
No defensiveness for me! And I never fail to champion photography over digital picture-making for the special qualities that photographs, pictures made of light sensitive materials, uniquely deliver.