Master Photographer

Peter Lik

Peter Lik has spent over 35 years pushing the boundaries of fine art. A self-taught pioneer in the field of landscape photography, he has become synonymous with pristine images of cascading waterfalls, ethereal mountain peaks and peaceful desert canyons.

/1980

Peter has been shooting expansive scenes of Mother Nature his whole life. Born in Melbourne, Australia to hardworking Czech immigrants, he never took the gift of life's beauty for granted. Peter's catalogue of work can be traced back to the essential moment when, at 8 years of age, the gift of a Brownie Kodak camera from his parents set him on a course for destiny. Since his first, fateful snapshot of a spider web in the family garden, Peter has followed his calling to capture and share the most beautiful places on earth.

It was after a trip to the United States in 1984, that Peter discovered the panoramic camera format, a defining moment in his career. Challenged with the dare to "go big or go home," Peter did both. For the next two decades, Peter would travel back and forth between the United States and his native Australia, honing his craft and establishing his prominent position in the world of fine art photography.

/1990

In the late 90s, Peter took a giant leap forward, taking on a massive project now known as Spirit of America. After fifty thousand miles and 1,000 rolls of film, Peter had revealed landscapes from all 50 United States, completing the "biggest challenge of my life." From there, it was only onward and upward for this remarkable success story.

Unique Beauty

Pushing the boundaries for over 35 years

/2011

More landmarks for Lik came in 2011 and 2012, when his iconic images Ghost and the highly awarded Inner Peace, would both be featured on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. It was on the heels of these major accomplishments that Peter jumped straight into the heart of mainstream culture by starring in the NBC-produced TV series, From the Edge with Peter Lik. He had officially become a household name.

/2014

In 2014, Peter shattered all world records by selling the most expensive photograph in history. Phantom, his black & white masterwork depicting a ghostlike image at Antelope Canyon, was acquired for an astounding $6.5 million. To accompany this sale, Peter's images Illusion and Eternal Moods were also acquired for $2.4 million and $1.1 million, respectively. Along with his sale of One for $1 million in 2010, Peter now holds four spots out of the top twenty most expensive photographs ever sold. These historic acquisitions not only gained Peter international acclaim, they secured his position as a leader in the field of fine art photography.

Amongst the hundreds of prestigious accolades and merits garnered over the years, Peter has been awarded the title of Master Photographer from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Master Photographers International (MPI). He has also been awarded fellowships from the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP), The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and the American Society of Photographers (ASP).

Lik's masterworks include Pele's Whisper, (shown above) Sacred Sunrise, Eternal Beauty and the highly acclaimed Ghost. He has sold upwards of $650 million of artwork to his many valued collectors, including royalty, presidents and celebrities. Peter's images can be viewed in luxurious hotels, prominent estates, leading corporate offices and in all of his galleries around the US.

/1967

First Photograph

It all started in the suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with a Kodak Brownie Starmite II camera given to him by his parents on his eighth birthday. His first photograph was of a spider web with dew on it. From day one, nature was his favorite subject.

/1977

The First Transparency

Getting his car and license for the first time, Peter travels to the Victorian countryside and shoots his first transparency, a 35mm image of two driftwood trees.

/1984

First Trip to the States

Visiting the United States for the first time, Peter discovers the medium format camera. Finally, Peter could share the world as he saw it. This goes on to become one of the most defining moments in his career.

/1984

Peter Sells First Image

Peter sells his first commercial photograph to a calendar company in downtown San Francisco for $50.00.

/1989

Returns to States

Peter turns his sites on a new massive project, now known as Spirit of America. Over four years, fifty thousand miles and 1,000 rolls of film, later Peter had revealed landscapes from all 50 United States.

/1996

Wilderness Press Launched

Peter published his first book, Cairnes, under his newly launched publishing company before going on to publish another 19 sold out titles highlighting the diverse beauty of the Australian countryside.

/1977

First Gallery Opens

In 1997, Peter opened his first of four Peter Lik Wilderness Galleries in Australia in the beautiful coastal city of Cairns.

/1999

Peter Wins his First Award

Peter’s masterwork, Lone Shack is recognized by the AIPP in their annual photographic competition becoming the first of over 400 international awards and honors received to date.

/2002

San Francisco Gallery Opens

Peter brings his Fine Art Galleries to the states, opening in San Francisco, California's on the famed Pier 39.

/2002

AIPP Awards Peter with their Master of Photography Degree

Peter is awarded the Master of Photography degree from the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.

/2009

25th Anniversary Photography Book Released

After years in the making, Peter launches his now sold out epic collection of fine art photography known simply as the "Big Book".

/2009

Peter is Awarded as a Master of Photography by PPA

Peter receives his second Master of Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America.

/2010

One Sells for One Million

The shot, taken just after dawn on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire, resembles an impressionist painting. Peter named it One because it was a fleeting, singular opportunity; he felt a oneness with the moment and with nature; and he hit the shutter just once.

/2011

From the Edge Debuts on The Weather Channel

Peter jumps straight into the heart of mainstream culture by starring in the NBC-produced TV series, From the Edge with Peter Lik aired on The Weather Channel.

/2011

Ghost Goes to the Smithsonian

After a Windland Smith Rice International Award win, Ghost goes on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

/2012

Inner Peace Joins Ghost
in the Smithsonian

Inner Peace is displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History after it garners Peter back-to-back Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

/2012

Peter Becomes a
United States Citizen

After close to 30 years since his first visit to the States, Peter’s lifelong dream comes true when he is proudly sworn in as a United States citizen.

/2014

World Record Shattered

Peter Lik shatters all world records by selling the most expensive photograph in history. Phantom is acquired by a private collector for an astounding $6.5 million.

/2015

Equation of Time Released

Narrowed down from over one million frames and representing over
35 years of Peter’s career, this impressive 106-pound book is a virtual gallery within itself.

/2015

Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter becomes only the 13th member of this very exclusive club when the Professional Photographers of America honor him at their 2015 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

/2015

Launches
Samsung Galaxy 6+

It is a photographic dream come true – two renowned leaders in their respective industries, coming together in celebration of the next step in camera phone evolution.

/2016

Awarded Fellowship by ASP

Peter is awarded the coveted Fellowship degree by the American Society of Photographers for his exemplary work and aspiring achievement. He became only the 118th member in the 80 year history of the organization

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