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.
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.
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.
Peter Sells First Image
Peter sells his first commercial photograph to a calendar company in downtown San Francisco for $50.00.
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.
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.
First Gallery Opens
In 1997, Peter opened his first of four Peter Lik Wilderness Galleries in Australia in the beautiful coastal city of Cairns.
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.
San Francisco Gallery Opens
Peter brings his Fine Art Galleries to the states, opening in San Francisco, California's on the famed Pier 39.
AIPP Awards Peter with their Master of Photography Degree
Peter is awarded the Master of Photography degree from the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.
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".
Peter is Awarded as a Master of Photography by PPA
Peter receives his second Master of Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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