The man of light – Peter Lik

Peter Lik was born in Australia. He took his first photo at the age of 8, after his parents gave him a Kodak camera for his birthday. The shot was of a spider web in the garden of the family home. In his youth, Lik would bring his camera on family vacations and take photos of country scenes and the ocean.
In 1984, he made his first trip to the US, traveling around the country for a year in an old van. He was introduced to panoramic cameras and learned about large format photography. After his return to Australia, he continued to experiment with the panoramic format. In 1989, he returned to the US, undertaking a project to photograph landscapes in all 50 states. He sold some of the photos for use in calendars and as postcards.



In 1994, he moved to Las Vegas where he opened Lik USA, which includes a facility for printing and framing his photos. He started his own publishing company, Lik Publishing, in the mid-1990s. The company has produced coffee table books, postcards and calendars of his work.
In December 2010, Lik sold a photograph for US$1 million to an anonymous collector, his highest-priced sale at that time. The photograph, titled “One”, was shot on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire. Lik has stated that only one print of the photo will ever be printed.
After winning the Art in Nature category of the 2010 Windland Smith Rice International Awards from Nature’s Best Photography, “Ghost” (taken in Antelope Canyon, Arizona) was selected as part of a May 2011 exhibition of nature photography at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington. His “Inner Peace” won a 2011 Windland Smith Rice International Award.


In December 2014, Lik reportedly sold a photograph titled “Phantom” to an anonymous bidder for $6.5 million, making it potentially the highest price paid for a photograph.
In 1997, Lik opened his first gallery, in Cairns, Australia. He opened his first US gallery in Hawaii, in 2003, and his first in Las Vegas in 2005. Overall, he has four galleries in Las Vegas and nine others across the US.
From the Edge with Peter Lik debuted on The Weather Channel in 2011, running for one season, with Lik as the host. The documentary series followed Lik on his journeys across the United States searching for and photographing attractive landscapes.
Lik is best known for his panoramic photos, and the large size and overall quality of his prints. He prints most of his photos on FujiFlex silver-halide paper, which increases the light sensitivity and glow, and helps accentuate the vibrant colors in the print.