Snapshot or Art Photographer?

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Snapshot or Art Photographer?

I went to an opening yesterday of a fellow photographer which was an exhibit of her black and white photos taken some years ago.  During her excellent talk she revealed that it wasn't until a photo journalist friend commented, upon viewing her photos, 'so you're a snapshot photographer' that she changed her style.  The thought of falling into that category of photography was appalling.  Her work reflected the change in that here was a show of form and shadow featuring the naked human body in nature.

Upon returning home and viewing my own photos I must admit the majority most likely fall into the the category of snapshots.  The question I'd like to discuss is whether, like my friend, would you be appalled to have your work described as snapshots?  Considering the thousands of dollars and hours dedicated is the only acceptable goal to produce 'Art Photography'?  I have many more questions but will leave it at those two to start.

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