It is not a question that photography is an art form. However, what is the theme of this thread is on those contemporary International Salon.
OK, I guess I misunderstood. When I saw "Are the prints in the exhibitions art? Photography art?" I guess I thought there was a question as to whether photography was art.
If the question is whether what's being displayed in these salons is art then I guess I'd have to ask what else would it be. If the question is whether photography should be included then I guess I'd have to ask why it shouldn't be. If the salons are for art and photography is a form of art, then photography should be included in these exhibits.
Or are you asking why photography isn't included in these exhibits?
Perhaps some clarity on what the question is would help.