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Peter Lik Photograph “One” Sells for $1 Million!

Photo: Peter Lik

By Adrian Zupp

Peter Lik has sold his first-million dollar photograph.

The shot, taken just after dawn on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire, resembles an impressionist painting. Peter named it “One” because it was a fleeting, singular opportunity; he felt a oneness with the moment and with nature; and he hit the shutter just once.

But it may well have been given the name because only one print has been – and will ever be – produced. Hence its incredible value.

“I will never forget this morning for the rest of my life,” says Peter. “It was calm, and the scent of the fall forest filled my lungs. The mist cleared, and a magical reflection in the river briefly appeared. White birch trees, black trunks, a kaleidoscope of foliage combining to reveal an illusion of three dimensions. I pressed the shutter – once – and then the scene vanished with the morning breeze, never to be seen again.”

He added that “One” is “the best shot I have taken in my lifetime.”

The buyer has asked to remain anonymous.

Congratulations to Peter on this milestone event!

Read the full press release here.

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm



  1. This picture is very beautiful.
    Congrats on the big deal!

    Comment by Roland Krawulsky on February 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  2. Thanks Roland!

    Comment by Staff Writer on February 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

  3. Great photo indeed! Well, I’m okay to sell my photo for a million too. Okay, $0,5 million would be okay too. Anybody?

    Comment by maigi on February 13, 2011 at 6:42 am

  4. Oops, I was kidding, didn’t realize it’s your blog, Peter. Shame on me, I have a long way to go to make such a high-class photo like you created. I just totally love all kind of reflection photos. Especially trees reflecting in the water. I think impressionist got their idea for a new style, observing reflections on the waves of a lake or river. When you see them, it’s like a huge painting. I love those autumnal colors on your photo and white birch trunks. Birches are usually first trees what turn yellow or brown in the autumn, but in your photo they seem still a little bit green or lost their leaves already, hard to see. But vivid red dominant color is beautiful. It’s a really amazing photo and well deserved recognition. Good luck with your next photos!

    Comment by maigi on February 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

  5. Fantastic shot – congratulations, Mr. Lik!
    While photos can fascinate just by themselves, the story surrounding them is often just as valuable. When you state the scene was only there, like that, for a brief moment, it immediately reminds me to more often just cherish the moment!
    Thank you.

    Comment by wolf wackeroth on February 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

  6. When I hear of a fellow photographer (especially with your talent) landing something like this, I get so excited, I’m so happy for you! Naturally it raises questions, like, when you deliver an image like that for that price, who do you have print it so it’s perfect? Do you frame it? Drive it to the customer in a limo?? lol!

    Great job, happy as can be for a fellow photog. 😉

    Comment by Paul on February 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm

  7. Hi Paul,

    Peter has actually gone to great expense to set up all his production here in Las Vegas at LIK USA — he doesn’t contract anything out. He uses the very finest materials and equipment for the printing and framing process and it’s done right downstairs from our offices by craftsman he has personally selected. All new employees go on a tour of the operation, and it’s pretty amazing. Cutting-edge equipment. And while we don’t use a fleet of limos for delivery, supreme care is taken with packing, shipping, communicating with the client, and making sure they get all the necessary care instructions. It’s a pretty amazing operation. Thanks for the comment and support!

    Comment by Staff Writer on February 25, 2011 at 8:53 am

  8. That sounds great! I was wondering how all that would work. Makes me want to apply for a job, lol… would be a long commute from AZ though. 😉

    Thanks for replying!

    Comment by Paul on February 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  9. Beautiful photo and it’s always nice to see our profession elevated into such transactions and appreciations.

    Out of curiosity, are you able to share the dimensions of the delivered print?

    Comment by Huck on February 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

  10. Hi,

    There are many dimensions. You can get it as a panorama or in 35mm format. The former are 100, 150 or 200 cm in length; the latter are 70, 100 and 150 cm. This is just the very basic information and I urge you to call 702-307-6393 and ask for customer service to get more complete information.

    Thanks for the inquiry!

    Comment by Staff Writer on March 2, 2011 at 11:34 am

  11. Your work is so inspirational. I’ve always considered photography fine art, but you take it to a whole new level.

    Comment by Christopher Dyson on March 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

  12. I agree with Christopher Dyson’s comment…Peter Lik takes the art of photography to another level. He is out in the world exploring moments that we only dream of and because of his fearlessness and desire we can see through his lens. Thank you Peter Lik.

    Comment by Jess on March 5, 2011 at 2:02 am

  13. Peter Lik has always done amazing work he is blessed with the vision to see natures beauty in its most purest form. i will always be a huge fan i own only one piece by Peter Lik and i believe its one of a kind i will cherish it and look forward to his sucess for years and years to come. i am inspired everytime i get a look thru his eyes and congrats on his many honors.
    Alexis G.

    Comment by Alexis on March 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

  14. Very kind words, Alexis.

    Comment by Staff Writer on March 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

  15. i am a huge fan of fine art photograpghy i cant say enough kind things about him

    Comment by Alexis on March 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

  16. Thanks Alexis!

    Comment by Staff Writer on March 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

  17. Hey Peter,
    Congratulations! I am very happy to see an artist using photography being so very successful. Do you consider yourself a photographer or an artist, I guess they are one and the same at this point. Hard work, dilligence, talent, I am glad to see your success.


    Comment by John Wartman on March 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

  18. Hi John. Peter is away at present but I can tell you from talking with him that he considers himself both a photographer and an artist. On a more “official” level, his photography is considered fine art. Thanks for getting in touch.

    Comment by Staff Writer on March 17, 2011 at 11:57 am

  19. This is it, the ultimate shot. Missing link between painter and photographer. The PROOF. Something that both can do.

    Comment by dare on March 17, 2011 at 5:14 am

  20. I first heard of you on the Weather Channel about 3 months ago and started following your work. I started a page on the Weather Channel of some of my pictures for feed back and to share. I think your photography is mesmerizing. My favorite is “One” and then “Ghost”. I am just getting my feet wet at 21. I’m on my fouth camera upgrade. (I sold my car to get it) I have learned that all camera’s can take a good picture but it is the eye and talent behind it to get the one. Your work inspires me and I will be watching From the Edge.

    Comment by Jessie Korn on March 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  21. Wow, I love these… thanks for sharing

    BR, Aaron

    Comment by Aaron Johns on March 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

  22. I still can’t quite get over this story…

    …always so happy for people when this happens for them.



    Comment by Jack Lowe on March 21, 2011 at 7:31 am

  23. Thanks Jack.

    Comment by Staff Writer on March 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

  24. I think you will want to place a twitter button to your blog. Just marked down this url, however I had to make it manually. Just my advice.

    Comment by rachat de credit on March 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

  25. Hi. There actually is a Twitter button along with others (Facebook etc.) on the right hand side directly under the “Riding Shotgun” graphic.

    Comment by Staff Writer on March 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

  26. This is a beautiful piece. There is no question about it.

    BUT who would pay 1 million dollars for a picture that is not in any museum or referenced in the International Center for Photography?

    Sorry, I don’t understand.

    Comment by VDOMAC on March 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm

  27. Hi. I guess it just comes down to how people value things differently. Pricing art will always be a controversial thing. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Staff Writer on May 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

  28. This is an incredible news. Congrats Mr. Lik. You are my favorite since I bought my camera.

    Comment by DeepC on March 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

  29. Thanks!!

    Comment by Staff Writer on March 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

  30. Well done Peter! What an achievement! I remember your work back in the days of colour transparency when you were working for Tourism Queensland in Australia. Great to see you have gone from success to success over the years and setting a great example to many other photographers/artists. Susan

    Comment by Susan Wright on March 30, 2011 at 4:59 am

  31. Peter would be thrilled to be remembered from those days. Thanks so much for sending your good wishes, Susan.

    Comment by Staff Writer on March 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

  32. Simply an amazing shot and well worth the price. Peter continues to inspire.

    Comment by Charles Stafford on March 31, 2011 at 7:30 am

  33. HI – I am a Fine Art Photographer and I own Ancient Light Gallery in Scottsdale. I spent many years shooting adventure sports stock photography then hung up my camera in 2002 – 3 years ago I picked it back up and went the Fine Art route and now I run my own Gallery……I get many people in my Gallery who appreciate Fine Art Photography as ART and of course, those that don’t. Thanks Peter for raising the bar and showing us that photography IS ART…..this BIG sale will only HELP us all! Best and congrats on the new show!

    Comment by Cheyenne L Rouse on April 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

  34. Hi Cheyenne. Thanks for the kind words and the very best of luck with your own business and photography.

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

  35. Hi Peter,
    stunning image of something that probably many people simply overlook.
    Huge congrats on,what I’m sure will be ‘One’ of many amazing sales…
    I’m a fellow Aussie & I’m in Vegas on vacation at the moment & I’m dying to see your work first hand.
    I should be at your gallery on Mon April 11th,hope you’re around…


    Comment by Mick Brinkmann on April 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm

  36. At first sight of this photo was Monet. It’s very peaceful and full of life. These are the shots I can only dream of taking. When I see nature shots of this magnitude, I can feel God.

    Comment by Sandy on April 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

  37. I’m blown away by Peter Lik’s artistic vision! I’ve been to a number of the Weather Channel locations (Canyonlands, Arches, Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Montana) but my photos are pedestrian and commonplace compared to his. I remember a foggy morning in Montana traveling east on the Interstate when the fog lifted shortly after sunrise revealing layers of low hanging fog, white clouds, autumn trees in the foreground and mountains in the far distance. I took a lot of pictures with different lenses and exposures but never was able to capture the real beauty of the scene; I simply lack the artistic vision that Mr. Lik possesses.

    Could I ask what kinds of cameras, lenses and film Peter Lik uses? I’m old fashioned enough to use film for most of my attempts at landscape and artistic photos.

    Comment by Pete Sacks on May 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm

  38. Hi Pete. Peter shoots with everything from his vintage Linhof to the newest Phase 1 cameras. He also shoots with a Canon when the situation fits. He has a wide range of cameras and lenses. In terms of lenses, the general advice Peter gives is to buy the best quality lens your budget can bear. As you know, lenses are key. When Peter shoots film with his Linhof, he uses Fujichrome Velvia.

    Comment by Staff Writer on May 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  39. Never seen anything like Peter’s work, fantastic.

    How much time does he spend on the road looking for new locations / shooting photos?

    When he does find a suitable location, is there an average number of photos he takes?

    Once I finish building my house, will be making a trip to Vegas to pick up one of these amazing creations as the centerpiece of my living room, do the gallery’s in Vegas display mostly the same items or are they different styles in each? Only been to the one in the Venetian.

    Comment by Jonathan on May 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

  40. Hi Jonathan. The road time varies. With The Weather Channel shoots, which have now finished for this season, Peter would be gone about two weeks at a time doing two episodes. If he goes out on his own, it depends how far he’s going. He may go out to Red Rock here near Vegas just for the day, up to Yosemite for a few days, or pretty much whatever suits him. But remember: On those trips he can concentrate on photography and not have to worry about filming the show as well. He doesn’t really go on the road looking for new locations, although he sometimes finds them when he’s out there. He knows a great many places now, plus he does a huge amount of Internet research. As for the number of photos, it depends on how well the shoot went and what the conditions were like. Sometimes he returns with hundreds to select from; sometimes considerably less.

    The Vegas galleries have much the same photographs on show. The Forum gallery in the Forum Shops at Caesars is the biggest; and you also have his Caesars gallery upstairs in the Forum Shops.

    Comment by Staff Writer on May 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  41. Mr Lik; I fly for the airlines, but have always had a passion for photography. I am glad to see your success. Your program on the Weather Channel (which I enjoy) shows that its not easy to get that “Gallery Shot”. All those years of hard work have paid off. Have to stop by the next time I am in Vegas. Till than, I’ll keep shooting and watching the WC……

    Comment by Mark K. on May 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

  42. Thanks Mark!

    Comment by Staff Writer on May 31, 2011 at 6:31 pm

  43. My passion for photography has grown over the years since first running into Mr Lik’s gallery in Lahaina several years ago. “Absolutely stunning” is all that I can say about his work. All the praise it justly deserved mate… CHEERS!

    Comment by KjD on June 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

  44. Thanks!

    Comment by Staff Writer on June 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

  45. Love what u have done with the great lengths to get the shot nothing stops you you are relentless would love to here what settings are used and how u are taking the photo what camera etc…many photographers are watching and we all would love to hear how u got that shot Wthat the iso was set at.. o av shutter white balance raw jpeg etc Thanks Loved seeing your work on Alaska You are definitely magic pure magic

    Comment by robin Lacicero on June 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  46. Hi Robin. Thanks for this comment. I’ll pass it on.

    Comment by Staff Writer on August 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm

  47. Congratulations!

    What more can be said but congratulations a million times over 🙂

    Comment by Paula on June 30, 2011 at 1:27 am

  48. Absolutely a once in a life time photo. It must have made your eyes grow with excitement and made your heart pound. What a great feeling it was to capture that image and look up to see it disappear never to be seen again. A prize for all to see and a momory to cherish. Thanks for sharring this with us Peter.

    Comment by Dan on July 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm

  49. Absolutely a once in a life time photo. It must have made your eyes grow with excitement and made your heart pound. What a great feeling it was to capture that image and look up to see it disappear never to be seen again. A prize for all to see and a momory to cherish. Thanks for sharing this with us Peter.

    Comment by Dan on July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

  50. This Photo brought tears to my eyes. It reminds me of the day I went to meet my grandfather for the first time when I was 30 years old. I waited in his back yard by the pond; which looks just like the Peter Lik “One” photo. I didn’t know he was in the hospital on his last breath, by the time I found out it was too late. At least he is in heaven. I will never forget that lake view. Keep up the beautyful work you do. Thx

    Comment by Bobby Hill on July 18, 2011 at 1:29 am

  51. This Photo brought tears to my eyes. It reminds me of the day I went to meet my grandfather for the first time when I was 30 years old. I waited in his back yard by the pond; which looks just like the Peter Lik “One” photo. I didn’t know he was in the hospital on his last breath, by the time I found out it was too late. At least he is in heaven. I will never forget that lake view.

    Comment by Bobby Hill on July 18, 2011 at 1:30 am

  52. Thanks so much for sharing, Bobby. That’s a big part of what is: Touching people and having meaning for them. Again, thank you for telling us such a personal and moving story.

    Comment by Staff Writer on July 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

  53. Just returned from Las Vegas and went to your Gallery and just stood in awe and amazement at your work and passion. Thank you for sharing your love of the outdoors and photography.
    Even thou I will never own a piece of your amazing work, you have given to me and others a gift, having your photos in your galleries to share with others.

    Thank you,
    Jim Eastland

    Comment by Jim Eastland on July 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

  54. Thanks Jim!

    Comment by Staff Writer on July 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  55. Love the Weather Channel series! Great work! Seems like you’re always having weather problems. Points out how patient we all must be to caputre the best shot.

    What camera equipment is being used? I see a panorama camera and other cameras from time to time.
    Thanks again from a budding landscape photographer.

    Comment by Larry McMichael on August 12, 2011 at 6:18 am

  56. Hi Larry. Peter uses several cameras. Three he uses quite often are: Linhof Technorama 617s III, Phase One 65+, Canon 5D Mark II

    Comment by Staff Writer on August 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  57. i have a really stupid question…

    is using the panoramic film camera just a preference to or alternative to digital? i guess what I’m saying is, it seems like i can get the same field of view using my digi and lenses that i have, even if that means cropping on computer.

    absolutely no disrespect toward the panoramic shooter, i use an old nikon film cam from time to time just to get that grain that digital sometimes doesn’t allow for, but I’m just curious about why one would use the panoramic camera.


    Comment by kevin on December 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  58. Your right, with the high megapixel cameras out right now, there is a rare occasion that film is preferred. One reason a panoramic camera would be preferred is that you don’t have to crop the image. By cropping your image on a computer, you are loosing valuable information and decreasing the file size. This creates a problem when you want to print large images.

    Comment by Staff Writer on December 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

  59. I can fully understand why this picture is so special for you, Peter. It’s gorgeous and I can just imagine how you felt when you took it. It deserves the price you got for it and I wish you the best of luck with the rest of your wonderful photography!

    Comment by Cheryl Lafferty on February 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  60. Wow! I could never have thought I’d see an impressionist photograph. Unbelievably beautiful! If only I could have been that “One” who purchased the painting. Brilliant.
    Congratulations to you!
    Jessie C.

    Comment by Jessie on March 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

  61. When I was in Las Vegas I walked through the gallery….Amazing! The images are just mind blowing!..Gorgeous, emotive captures!

    Comment by Stormie Flower on May 28, 2012 at 5:18 am

  62. I just wanted to say that the photo is breathtaking. A perfect illustration that photography is indeed art and worth just as much.

    Comment by Kelly Lee van Laatum on January 23, 2013 at 3:49 am

  63. I was drawn to Orpheus Sunrise (possibly due to a metaphorical correlation between my state of mind and the seascape) and I bought the print from the Sydney gallery at the end of 2005, which had been a rotten year for me but one that I can’t help but reflect upon positively every time I look at the image in my living-room. I’m drawn back to Peter’s work now I am doing a ‘Landscapes’ module as part of an Arts and Heritage Management MA. His work continues to bewitch and enthrall me!

    Comment by Tiana on March 5, 2013 at 2:59 am

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