Master Photographer, Peter Lik, has officially made art history by selling the most expensive photograph ever – setting a world record. An official press release was issued today, outlining the details on the $6.5 million sale of masterwork, “Phantom.” And Yes, that's $6.5 million. It was in Antelope Canyon, Arizona that Peter captured “Phantom” – a stunning, black & white depiction of a ghostlike figure. The private collector, who purchased the $6.5 million “Phantom” in November 2014, also acquired Lik’s masterworks “Illusion” for $2.4 million and “Eternal Moods” for $1.1 million. With this incredible $10 million sale, Lik now holds four of the top 20 spots for most expensive photographs ever sold. He already has a position in the ranking with a previous $1 million sale of famed image, “One” Peter Lik began capturing the wonders of nature as a young boy in his native Australia and never stopped. In 1984, Lik migrated to the U.S. and discovered his passion for panoramic photography. Lik’s masterworks “Ghost” and “Inner Peace” have been included in an exhibition of Nature’s Best Photography at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. “The purpose of all my photos is to capture the power of nature and convey it in a way that inspires someone to feel passionate and connected to the image,” said award-winning fine art photographer. Though his picture has soared to great heights, yet if we take a closer look at Phantom, it is not at all worthy for that amount. Its just derivative, sentimental in its studied romanticism, and consequently in very poor taste. That ray of sunlight is the " Phantom " of the picture. This downward stream of light is simply a natural part of Antelope Canyon. Just have a look online and you will find numerous amount of pictures showing the same features as of Phantom. They are all just as striking as Phantom. Peter Lik has added nothing of any value to what was there already.I would just say someone has been very foolish and careless with their money, mistaking a picturesque photograph for a high quality art. [quote_box_center author=""] I think photography can be art - after all it's just a medium like any other - but this particular photograph isn't anywhere close to good art. If it were painted in oils it would be just as tacky as it is as a photograph. It conveys no meaning, merely looks good (in that it conveys a phenomenon of nature that looks good). For a photograph to be art it has to convey a message that the artist is trying to send and make you feel something. [/quote_box_center] The sale has been the butt of many hateful comments and tweets. Here are some of them: [pull_quote_left author=""]Mr Lik is laughing all the way to the bank, while renown landscape photographer Ansel Adams is rolling in his grave.[/pull_quote_left][pull_quote_right author=""]If this is true.... And it has been sold for that sum..It just shows some people have too much damn money.[/pull_quote_right] [quote_center author=""]As an Australian and an artist, I give my apologies to the rest of the world for this bad art. I mean I'm not directly responsible for it, but my nation produced someone who produced this. Sorry everyone.[/quote_center] What do you think? Does Peter Lik relly deserve $6.5M for this "fine art" or has he become the new master of
art con? Fire off in the comments section below!
Source: Peter Lik's Official Press Release