Why so few photographic art galleries, while most display paintings only?

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Why so few photographic art galleries, while most display paintings only?
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Here in Northern California I occasionally stop in at art galleries to see what is "beautiful" or artistic. I seldom find photographic art. I often hear somewhat degrading comments about photography...like "we only display original art" (guess that assumes that photography can't be original).

What is your take on this observation? Are photographs a bit passe for "true" artists? I have noticed that many paintings are purposely fuzzy, dreamy, simplified and less cluttered than many photographs which perhaps are too realistic.

I have a few thoughts on this issue but would like to hear from you "professionals". I realize that hanging artwork on walls is only one segment of what professionals do, but I believe it might be the highest form of artistry if it is considered worthy to place in a gallery or on someone's wall (just my thoughts, not trying to downgrade other artistic expressions such as on the Web.)

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