I think it's all down to intent, whether it be a polaroid, an analogue shot or even a sketchbook and pencil.
A photograph or drawing of an object could be made for a catalogue or as a technical drawing to use in a factory. Clearly not art, but, if expertly done, could be regarded as a craft or the work of a "craftsman".
Again, if I photograph a sunset purely to use as a meteorological illustration of clouds, it would not be art. But if I take the same shot to put on my wall or to enter in a gallery, purely with the hope of giving pleasure to a viewer, this would be more likely to be regarded as "art".
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