Beyond the never-ending ubiquitous rolling social streams of photos, the photograph as art requires thoughtful considerations associated with any art form, such as:
Understanding of an artist’s approach to image-making.
Choices about the subject matter, what is in and out of a frame, the exposure and lighting, and the overall composition.
What makes the image a meaningful experience for the viewer.
The impact of a print – in black and white versus color.
Perhaps a growing knowledge of specific genres from portraiture to fashion to street photography to social commentary and landscapes.
Understanding and tracking the medium’s evolution—historically, culturally, artistically, technologically—and those who pioneered work in different times and genres.