Photographer Peter Lik on Lofty
Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik became the medium’s most expensive-selling artist earlier this week, when his photograph “Phantom” sold for $6.5 million. Lik’s striking black-and-white shot of Arizona’s Antelope Canyon trampled the existing record—the 2011 sale of Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II for $4.3 million—when it sold to a private collector, adding a fourth post for Lik among the top 20 most expensive photographs ever sold.
It’s not just the image’s price which makes it unusual. The black-and-white shot is a departure from the artist’s ordinarily colorful style—one seen in two pieces by Lik available on Lofty, the monumental Bamboo (above) and Quiet Moment (below), both from the artist’s series of images of trees and forests. With Lofty, either image can be your for a small fraction of the artist’s record-setting price.
As the artist has said: “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.” These two images do just that.