It used to be, but the medium has evolved away from its roots.
Photography, as we knew it as young people, has come to a serious fork in the road and needs to stand up again, make choices and reassert its rightful place among the arts.
The days of capturing on film discussions and dissensions in the streets are quickly fading. Today, taking a camera into the streets, be it digital, or film, or more probably your smart phone, will find you staring at the populace on their own smart phones. Caring nothing about being seen, photographed or even recorded. Today we live in a solipsistic universe that revolves around a screen that jiggles when you want it to.