Peter Lik Sells the World’s Most Expensive Photo | I Love Photography | Ep. 42 | Dec. 11, 2014

Peter Lik Sells the World’s Most Expensive Photo | I Love Photography | Ep. 42 | Dec. 11, 2014

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This week we talk about the most expensive photo in the world, and what it all means. Plus 10 predictions about body cameras, and really fun Santa portraits. Our weekly look at all things photographic with Sarah Jacobs and PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi.

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1:11 Peter Lik allegedly sells a photo for $6.5m
7:45 Gary Fong defends photographer in Poon/Tang case
11:19 Matthew Leifeit’s images of people looking up. Good idea, poor execution
15:15 Wait Watchers successfully funded on Kickstarter
17:30 Larry Towell’s Afghanistan
21:02 Ten predictions about body cameras
25:34 Paul Pruitt evolves the Santa portrait


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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter.

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. john at 2:09 pm

    I’m no fan of Lik but I find your smug comments, laughing as you say “that’s not fine art” pretty out of character for the two of you. Who are you to determine what qualifies as art? Now don’t misunderstand me. I think most fine art is garbage. Pretentious folks with an arts degree from Brown sit around and decide someone is important and all the sudden their work is valuable. That’s rubbish. If a toilet placed in the middle of a New York gallery can be called art then anyone can say anything is art and so whether Lik is the Thomas Kinkade of the photography world or not his work is just as much art as Jackson Pollock, Ansel Adams or Rodin.

  2. Darrell Uruski at 8:02 am

    Hello Allen,

    I have to agree with John’s comments too.

    Laughing at Peter Lik and questioning the quality of his photography is not too good. I am not a big Lik fan, but I am glad when a photographer raises the profile of photography in the art world.

    The standard of photography is all over the place, and there is plenty of bad photographs being posted and published. We have got to encourage photographers to stop working for low wages, and then trying to sell their photographs for a dollar.

    Peter may not be the best fine art photographer out there, but Peter’s photographs are way better than a lot of others photographs that I have seen.

    • Allen Murabayashi Author at 2:38 pm

      “Raising the profile” of photography by making unsubstantiated claims about $10m in photo sales while claiming to be the “world’s most influential fine art photographer” isn’t helping photography in my opinion.

      • Darrell Uruski at 10:48 am

        You just don’t get it.

        Peter Lik gets a lot of money for his art. Weather you like his art or not is beside the point. It is very difficult to get the art world to accept photography as art. Mocking Peter or questioning his claims about revenues does nothing to raise the profile of photography.

        Quite frankly Allen, I am rather disappointed in you. I would have expected you to change course after my last post, but instead you just defended your position.

        We really need to work together at raising the bar of photography as an acceptable and equal form of art to everything else that is accepted in the art world.

        Nuff said.

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