Peter Lik, a self-taught Australian landscape photographer, has sold one of his photographs for a whopping $1 million to an anonymous private art collector. The photograph, titled “One”, was shot on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire just after dawn. Only one print of the photo will ever be produced.
My friend Jason and I go back and forth on whether photography can be considered art, so moments like these put a huge smile on my face. If a private collector can pay $1 million for an image, then surely it puts photography right up there in the pantheon of fields recognized as fine art.
Peter Lik, by the way, has apparently sold about $150 million in limited edition prints so far. So not only can photography be considered a fine art, it can also be considered that rarest of art forms – one that doesn’t require a Van Gogh-esque life of destitution and madness.
Your move, Mr. Jason?