People have been saying that painting is irrelevant and dead for decades, and yet...... for more than half a century I've enjoyed working with paints and making fine art prints. The galleries and museums are still full of paintings and prints, and large scale exhibits of painting masters sell out in large cities all over the world and have large crowds. Maybe no one got the memo?
By the way, those obsolete paintings will still be looking vibrant and beautiful on those museum walls while the last, genuine, Wilhelm certified, archival, digitally made photograph will be faded away to nothing.
There are far more possibilities with a painting than with a photograph.