Peter Lik style photography and the Lik type of photo prints
What is the secret behind the Peter Lik Style Prints?
People often wonder how Lik achieves fine art landscape photography prints that are so bold and bright that they appear to be backlit. The process to achieve this backlit look is called Face Mounted Acrylic Prints. These are made with high gloss papers mounted on a rigid surface covered with one or more acrylic sheets. Face Mounted Acrylics are not a secret process with unique materials as propertied by several photographers trying to make themselves special with their marketing. The process makes a very attractive presentation with bright colors, as in the popular Japanese Maples found in the Pacific Northwest and other red-colored scenes. The process is explained here on my page, where I discuss the type of presentation offered at Jess Lee Photography. But the truth is that the face mounted acrylic print that has been referred to as the Peter Lik Style is truly an exceptional way to present fine art photography and is offered by many photo printing labs worldwide to all photographers. So there you have it. Nothing secret in Lik's prints, just a bold, colorful process that can be admired by collectors or jealously copied by other photographers.
Photographer Peter Lik is a well known personality in the world of fine art landscape photography. Much of Lik's® work is hallmarked by bright, bold colors in the wide panoramic format that are widely collected by art lovers world wide. Lik's personality may even be more well known than his photography due to his brash, bold, outgoing Aussie personality. Of course, like many artists, Lik's art does mimic his personality. To his credit Peter Lik has led the way for a bold, bright and beautiful style of fine art landscape photography that can be found in his galleries in locations such as Aspen Colorado, Caesars,The Forum, Mandalay, The Venetian, in Las Vegas Nevada, Key West Florida, Lahaina Maui, La Jolla California, Miami Florida, Soho in New York.
So who is Peter Lik?
According to Wikipedia, "Lik was born in Melbourne to Czech parents who emigrated to Australia after World War II. Lik took his first photo at the age of 8, after his parents gave him a Kodak Brownie box 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. This practice continued when he took road trips out of the city and into the wilds of Australia, often accompanied by his friend and fellow photographer Michael Plumridge. As a photographer, Lik is self-taught, learning mostly by trial and error.
In 1984, Lik made his first trip to the United States, traveling around the country for a year in an old van. While in Alaska, he was introduced to panoramic cameras and learned about large format photography. Upon his return to Australia, he continued to experiment with the panoramic format. In 1989, Lik returned to the United States, undertaking a project to photograph landscapes in all 50 states. He sold some of the photos for use in calendars and as postcards. Photos from the project were later collected in his 2003 coffee table book, Spirit of America.
Lik spent the early 1990s working for the tourism department of Queensland, Australia, traveling through the Outback and photographing little-seen areas. In 1994, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, 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 1997, he published his first book, Australia: Images of a Timeless Land. In 2010, he published a 25-year retrospective coffee table book, 25th Anniversary Big Book, a 580-page leather-bound book weighing 40 pounds and containing over 500 images.
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. According to BuzzFeed, as of 2011, the amount paid for "One" is the eleventh-highest price ever paid for a photo.
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, D.C. The photo was shot in a slot canyon with the sunlight coming in through a hole above, creating a ghostly aura. His "Inner Peace" won a 2011 Windland Smith Rice International Award, and was on display at the Smithsonian from April through September 2012.
In December 2014, Peter Lik claimed to have sold a photograph titled "Phantom" to an anonymous bidder for $6.5 million, making it potentially the highest price paid for a photograph. Lik's claim has been greeted with much skepticism. No details of the sale have been verified though a lawyer confirmed that the mysterious buyer does exist." But enough about Lik the photographer.
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