I don't care a little on how a pic is produced. When a discussion on craftsmanship arises hand laborers (classic painters) start blaming photographers and digital artists for not working with their "hands". That's not the point. Any media can be a tool to reach the destination. The point is, with fractals you don't mean to do what you aim therefore you can't be described as the creator.
A beautiful landscape isn't art yet it's beautiful and that's what a fractal might ever be. Art on the contrary, doesn't even have to be beautiful. If we directly link "beauity" with "art" we have the wrong formula.