11.09.2011 in23:01 in Landscapes -->
Peter Lik sits at the summit of landscape photography. World-renowned, highly awarded, and boasting a huge international following, Lik’s journey had humble origins. Born in Melbourne, Australia to Czech immigrants, it was his parents’ gift of a Kodak Brownie camera on his eighth birthday that set young Peter’s course. Entirely self taught, Lik worked hard at his craft before making a life-changing decision: to come to the United States in 1984 and photograph landscapes in all 50 states. Five years, 50,000 miles and 1,000 rolls of film later, the “biggest challenge of my life” was completed. Highlights of Peter’s American odyssey can be found in his book Spirit of America. A chance meeting with fellow photographer Allen Prier in Alaska became a defining moment in Peter Lik’s life. He was introduced to the medium format panoramic camera and given the advice “Go big or go home.” Lik did both, returning to Australia to photograph the vastness of the Great South Land, start up his own fine art publishing company, and open his first gallery in his adopted hometown of Cairns. Lik’s stature as a photographer has been indisputably confirmed with his receipt of the award of Master Photographer from both the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). He has also been awarded fellowships by the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS).