The photographer Peter Lik is among the bestselling landscape photographers in the world. Pushing the boundaries of fine art for the past 35 years, he is best known for immaculate imagery of exotic natural environments that speak vividly.
It was a Kodak Brownie camera that he received as a gift from his parents on his eighth birthday that set his professional course. Entirely self-taught, he was honing his skills until making a life-changing decision of going to America in 1984. He was introduced to the panoramic camera there which he took back to Australia to capture the vastness and exquisiteness of the South Land. This turned out to be a defining moment in his life.
Capturing cascading waterfalls, ethereal mountain peaks, and peaceful desert canyons, Peter Lik has developed his unique visual style characterized by high saturation of the colors and digital manipulation process. Through specialized mounting and lighting, he provides his images with a feeling of luminosity and a sense of warmth, depth and glow. As he once explained, photography is all about capturing a mood, a feeling.
Lik garnered hundreds of prestigious accolades and merits over the years, including the title of Master Photographer from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, Professional Photographers of America and Master Photographers International. He has also been awarded fellowships from the British Institute of Professional Photographers, The Royal Photographic Society and the American Society of Photographers. He has four galleries in Las Vegas and nine others across the US.
In 2014, Peter broke all world records by selling the most expensive photograph in history. The work “Phantom”, a black and white photograph depicting a breathtaking image at Antelope Canyon, was acquired for an astonishing $6.5 million.
Peter Lik was born in 1959 in Melbourne Australia to Czech immigrants. He currently lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.