Well, now I feel special! Yes, I've photographed the same Antelope Slot Canyon but haven't had a payday like that. Aussie photographer Peter Lik reportedly just sold a black and white shot of light streaming into the upper Antelope Slot Canyon in Page, Arizona for $6.5 million to a private collector. Here is his now famous shot:
Peter Lik has a reputation for being a self-promoter, a great salesman and the master of promotional hype but not everyone is impressed. Guardian newspaper art writer/critic Jonathan Jones calls the picture "hollow, cliched and tasteless black and white shot" resembling a "hackneyed poster in a posh hotel." Ouch. Jonathan Jones has other issues, apparently with photography itself, saying,
"Photography is not art. It's a technology. This record-setting picture typifies everything that goes wrong when photographers think they are artists. It is derivative, sentimental in its studied romanticism, and consequently in very poor taste. It looks like a posh poster you might find framed in a pretentious hotel room."
Whoa! Perhaps Jonathan Jones was traumatized by a photographer as a child but that's taking it a bit far. Say what you will about photography enhancement, but photography is indeed art, and photographers artists. There are varying levels of expertise but that doesn't take away from a photographer who is able to take a well composed image from RAW image to gallery allowing the viewer to see it as he saw it in his heart through the lens. Peter Lik's image is black and white, which is even a more primal statement than HDR or other forms of post-production photography.
But I digress. I say "Well played Mr. Lik!" Art is subjective and obviously someone really appreciates your interpretation of the Antelope Slot Canyon.
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