Landscape photographer Peter Lik has set a new world record after selling his “Phantom” photo for $6.5 million – officially making it the most expensive photograph in history.
According to PRNewsWire:
“The purchase also included Lik’s masterworks “Illusion” for $2.4 million and “Eternal Moods” for $1.1 million. With this $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.”
Phantom, the black-and-white shot above, taken in Antelope Canyon, Arizona is undeniably beautiful, but is it worth $6.5 million? On this, the reviews are mixed.
Jonathan Jones at The Guardian says:
“Lik’s photograph is of course beautiful in a slick way, but beauty is cheap if you point a camera at a grand phenomenon of nature. The monochrome detailing of the canyon is sculptural enough, and a shaft of sunlight penetrating its depths becomes the phantom of the title. Yet, in fact, this downward stream of light is simply a natural aspect of Antelope Canyon. Look it up online and you will find a a vast range of photographs that all show the same feature. They are all just as striking as Phantom. The photographer has added nothing of any value to what was there already. “
Whereas Murray Bloom on Fine Art America says:
“It’s an eerily beautiful photograph, worth whatever someone will pay for it.”
What price would you pay for ‘Fine Art Photography’?