Peter Lik

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Aaron801 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,119
Re: Peter Lik

doady wrote:

jeffnles1 wrote:

I sometimes think the general direction of conversation on DPReview lends more toward the technical and less toward the art of photography. I guess that is understandable with a site that is primarily focused on gear and we tend to "nerd out" on the technology and measurements (MP, MFT charts, lines per inch resolution, Chromatic Aberration, etc.).

In the "technical" perspective, yes, many of his images appear to be composites and pretty heavily post processed. However, looking at it through the eyes of an artist, it matters not how much post processing or how many composites make up the image. If we see it as art, the primary objective is to stir some emotion and the technology behind it becomes less meaningful.

There is a difference between "documentary" photography and "art" photography.

At least that's my thoughts.


Documentary photography and art photography are different, but they can also overlap. I have no problem with composites.

I think where Peter Lik's work really differs from art is that he does it primarily to make money, and from unsuspecting tourists mostly. His photography is made for mass appeal as a part of a commercial venture rather than for himself as a form of personal expression.

That's not to say whether or not he is a talented photographer. But whether someone applies their talents more to business or more to art is a different story. I don't think his work will be hanging from the walls of galleries and museums after he dies. Or at least not galleries and museums that aren't part of the Peter Lik Corporation.

I agree with what you say... except for one small point that really is just a more subtle matter of semantics. I see what the man does as art since the work isn't for any other purpose other than contemplating (the way that he markets it aside) but I don't think that it's particularly creative, thoughtful art. I think, as you say that it's really pitched towards and audience who aren't particularly interested or well informed about the greater world of art. Not that I'm saying that this somehow invalidates what he does, but that it very much does seem to be for that specific audience. It may also be why his work has apparently turned out to be such a poor investment. If it isn't collected buy the kind of folks who typically collect art, it doesn't get their endorsement and therefore isn't going to have that kind of value...

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