Peter Lik Phantom | The Most Expensive Photo Of All Time?

Peter Lik's Phantom: The Most Expensive Photo Of All Time?

Out of the seven reported highest grossing photographs ever sold as of 2019, five of them were sold at auction by Christie's, one by Sotheby's and the most expensive one....anonymously? In December 2014, Peter Lik's "Phantom", a monochrome version of a previously released print titled "Ghost" was thrust into the spotlight by claiming to be the most expensive photograph of all time. This anonymous sale was for a reported 6.5 Million dollars, shattering the previous record held by Andreas Gursky's Rhein II after it sold for $4,338,500 via the auction house Christie's in November 2011.

This black and white photograph of upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona shows a shaft of light and falling sand inside the underground slot canyon. An iconic place with many photographers and one I have photographed myself many times. While some controversy swirls around the sale of this photograph and its anonymous nature, it has still been widely recognized as the worlds most expensive photograph even though disputed by many.

Where Is Antelope Canyon?

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest, on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. It includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon (or The Crack), and Lower Antelope Canyon (or The Corkscrew).

The Vortex

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - In fluid dynamics, a vortex (plural vortices/vortexes) is a region in a fluid in which the flow revolves around an axis line, which may be straight or curved. Vortices form in stirred fluids, and may be observed in smoke rings, whirlpools in the wake of a boat, and the winds surrounding a tropical cyclone, tornado or dust devil.

Vortices are a major component of turbulent flow. The distribution of velocity, vorticity (the curl of the flow velocity), as well as the concept of circulation are used to characterize vortices. In most vortices, the fluid flow velocity is greatest next to its axis and decreases in inverse proportion to the distance from the axis.

In the absence of external forces, viscous friction within the fluid tends to organize the flow into a collection of irrotational vortices, possibly superimposed to larger-scale flows, including larger-scale vortices. Once formed, vortices can move, stretch, twist, and interact in complex ways. A moving vortex carries with it some angular and linear momentum, energy, and mass.

How Was Antelope Canyon Formed?

Antelope Canyon was formed by the erosion of Navajo Sandstone[2] due to flash flooding and other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, deepening the corridors and smoothing hard edges to form characteristic "flowing" shapes.

Dreamweaver

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - A dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, although they have been a topic of scientific, philosophical and religious interest throughout recorded history.

How Much Are Other Peter Lik Photos?

Cited by the ArtNet News, Initially offered at $4,000, a photo's sticker-cost rises steadily as the supply shrinks. An image that is 95 percent sold-out becomes “Premium Peter Lik” for $17,500, and the price only further skyrockets as those final pictures find buyers.

What Makes Peter Lik's Phantom So Special?

Antelope Canyon is visited by millions of people each year including countless nature and landscape photographers like myself. What makes Phantom so special? Did Peter Lik capture a moment in time that no one else has? Far from it. The main attraction of the upper Antelope Canyon tour comes in the early afternoon when the sun is high in the sky above the canyon. The light falling through a small hole in the roof of the canyon is illuminated by the tour guide throwing a shovel full of sand, allowing it to fall where the light penetrates the earth. This beautiful scene plays out every day for hundreds of photographs and sightseers alike. I visited and photographed the canyon myself in 2015, capturing the photograph below which I have titled ShapeShifter.

Shapeshifter

Fine Art Limited Edition of 100 - Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic "flowing" shapes in the rock.

So IS Peter Lik's Phantom The Most Expensive Photo Of All Time?

Because of the fact that it has been almost six years since the original announcement of this annoymous sale, it is likely we will never know. Without evidence of the sale, I could just as easily claim that I sold one of my Limited Edition Fine Art Prints for seven million dollars and the factual evidence of the two sales would be identical.

The story and skepticism of the sale has been well covered in the press by the New York Times as well as many others on both sides of the sale. Ultimately, you will need to decide for yourself if this sale was authentic and if you believe in the value placed on the print by Mr. Lik.

Luxury Fine Art | Aaron Reed Photography

What is based in fact without question is that photography does have its place in the collectable art world. As artists, it is our collectors themselves who determine value and we price our work accordingly. As a widely collected artist myself, although nowhere near the realm of these artworks here in terms of cost, I would argue that I provide a much greater value for my customers.

Since 2014, I have sold thousands of large format, gallery quality fine art prints to collectors around the world. My first edition of 200 sold out in 2016 and close to ten other pieces are well on their way. I only produce 1 Artist Proof per print and have very limited editions of just 50 for the majority of my work.

To see my available limited edition works, please enjoy the photographs below and feel free to look around my online galleries. You may just find a work of art to fall in love with that one day may fall somewhere on this list. :)

SuperNova

Fine Art Limited Edition of 200 - As a Japanese garden, the desired effect is to realize a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility and to experience the feeling of being a part of nature. Three of the essential elements used to create the garden are stone, the "bones" of the landscape; water, the life-giving force; and plants, the tapestry of the four seasons. Japanese garden designers feel that good stone composition is one of the most important elements in creating a well-designed garden. Secondary elements include pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, arbors, and bridges. Japanese gardens are asymmetrical in design and reflect nature in idealized form. Traditionally, human scale is maintained throughout so that one always feels part of the environment and not overpowered by it.

DragonSkin


A Beautiful Sunrise Scripps Pier La Jolla. , photo

Out To Sea Panoramic

Fine Art Limited Edition of 100

Year Built: 1987-1988
Architect: Ferver Engineering
Construction firm: Kiewit Pacific Company

Namesake: Named for Ellen Browning Scripps (1836-1932), the most significant donor to the institution in its formative years. Born in London, Ellen emigrated to the United States with her father in 1844, and grew up on a farm in Illinois. She attended Knox College in Illinois. In 1866, she joined her brother James in his newspaper business, and later she worked with her younger half-brother E.W. Scripps in his newspaper business. E.W. settled in the San Diego area about 1890, and Ellen built a house in La Jolla soon after that.

Never married, and wealthy from funds derived from the family newspaper businesses and from inheritance from another brother George, she became a major benefactor in La Jolla and elsewhere. In its earliest years, Ellen provided generous funds for the Marine Biological Association, served on its board, and gave it a large endowment. An unassuming person, she preferred that the institution be named for her brother George, but the University of California chose the overall Scripps surname in 1912. Finally, in 1988, the pier was named for this remarkable woman.

History: The original Scripps Pier, built in 1915-1916, was a 1,000-foot-long facility for acquiring clean seawater for the campus laboratories and the public aquarium. Ellen Browning Scripps provided all of the money ($36,000) for its construction. That structure—well built for its day, with reinforced concrete and wooden pilings and a wooden deck—survived many years and storms, but extensive repairs were made to it in 1926 and 1946.

Major concerns about the soundness of the old pier finally led to its total replacement. The modern pier, which is 1,090 feet long, was built of reinforced concrete alongside the original pier, which was then removed.

Limited Edition Fine Art Print Of A Tree Tunnel In North Bend, Washington, photo

Tunnel Vision

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 

Fire red leaves of autumn ignite this tunnel of trees both enveloping and welcoming those who witness the magic and seasonal shift of this beautiful state near Snoqualmie, Washington.

Dream, Antelope, Canyon, Page, Arizona, photo

Dreamweaver

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - A dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, although they have been a topic of scientific, philosophical and religious interest throughout recorded history.

Fine Art, Limited Edition, Central Park, Trees, Spring, New York City, photo

Dreams Beneath These Leaves

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - Central Park is an urban park in ManhattanNew York CityU.S. state of New York. It comprises 843 acres (341 ha) between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side, roughly bounded by Fifth Avenue on the east, Central Park West (Eighth Avenue) on the west, Central Park South (59th Street) on the south, and Central Park North (110th Street) on the north. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013, and one of the most filmed locations in the world.

portland, Oregon, fine art, limited edition, dragons breath, Aaron Reed, Peter Lik Tree, Japanese Maple, Tree Of Life, , photo

Dragon's Breath - SOLD OUT

Dragon's Breath was first released in October 2013. This piece has now SOLD OUT all 200 of the pieces in the Limited Edition. The image has officially been retired.


There is ONE gallery hold available. These final edition number can be produced at any size. The cost of investment is $10,000 regardless of final print size. Please send me a message to discuss the opportunity to own this final piece.


Acer palmatum, commonly known as palmate maple, Japanese maple or smooth Japanese-maple (Japanese: irohamomiji, イロハモミジ, or momiji, 紅葉), is a species of woody plant native to Japan, China, Korea, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia. Many different cultivars of this maple have been selected and they are grown worldwide for their large variety of attractive forms, leaf shapes, and spectacular colors.

Antelope Canyon, Vortex, Fine Art, photo

The Vortex

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - In fluid dynamics, a vortex (plural vortices/vortexes) is a region in a fluid in which the flow revolves around an axis line, which may be straight or curved. Vortices form in stirred fluids, and may be observed in smoke rings, whirlpools in the wake of a boat, and the winds surrounding a tropical cyclone, tornado or dust devil.

Vortices are a major component of turbulent flow. The distribution of velocity, vorticity (the curl of the flow velocity), as well as the concept of circulation are used to characterize vortices. In most vortices, the fluid flow velocity is greatest next to its axis and decreases in inverse proportion to the distance from the axis.

In the absence of external forces, viscous friction within the fluid tends to organize the flow into a collection of irrotational vortices, possibly superimposed to larger-scale flows, including larger-scale vortices. Once formed, vortices can move, stretch, twist, and interact in complex ways. A moving vortex carries with it some angular and linear momentum, energy, and mass.

Fine Art, Limited Edition, Heavens Gate, Portland, Oregon, Japanese Maple Tree, Heavenly, Magical, Twisted, Lush, Light, Legendary, photo

Heavens Gate

Fine Art Limited Edition of 100  

Heavenly light cascades through the gnarled branches of this Japanese lace leaf maple tree, highlighting its twisted form and illuminating the magical carpet of lush green moss below. This legendary tree can be found overlooking the strolling pond inside the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon State.

Iceland, Fine Art, Limited Edition, Abstract, photo

Infinite

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - The Earth's internal heat comes from a combination of residual heat from planetary accretion, heat produced through radioactive decay, and possibly heat from other sources. The major heat-producing isotopes in the Earth are potassium-40uranium-238uranium-235, and thorium-232.[2] At the center of the planet, the temperature may be up to 7,000 K and the pressure could reach 360 GPa (3.6 million atm).[3] Because much of the heat is provided by radioactive decay, scientists believe that early in Earth history, before isotopes with short half-lives had been depleted, Earth's heat production would have been much higher.

Limited Edition Fine Art Photo of Aspen Trees with fall color, photo

Echoes Of Fall

Fine Art Limited Edition of 100 - Betula papyrifera (paper birch, also known as white birch and canoe birch) is a short lived species of birch native to northern North America. Paper birch is named due to the thin white bark which often peels in paper like layers from the trunk. Paper birch is often one of the first species to colonize a burned area within the northern latitudes and an important species for moose browse. The wood is often used for pulpwood and firewood.