I am selling at $1 per pixel. Will you buy my photo?

peterlikphantom1I am sure that you have all by now heard of Peter Lik’s b&w Antelope Canyon photo that sold for $6.5 million. If this sum is true and we are not talking about a clever promotion stunt, this is the most expensive photo ever sold.I firmly believe that photographers must get paid for their work. And even if some of us start by charging very little or nothing just to get experience and build a portfolio, I firmly support charging enough to cover expenses and hardware/software upgrades that will ensure staying up to date and relevant (provided the service is of high enough quality of course). But millions just for one image? Here is a few thoughts:

– If some people call themselves photography lovers, instead of being lazy should instead get their act together, learn photography and eventually do something useful with their lives. Raising a hand in auctions does not count as an activity.

– Peter Lik’s type of photo is something that can be reproduced at any time without relying on covering a particular event, person, happening or random event. I have seen thousands of Antelope Canyon photos, a lot of them look stunning and much better than the photo above.

– B&w is not my priority. In my opinion it is a result of the technical means available to older generations of photographers and the limitations of color photography before film technology managed to offer natural attractive results. Of course, some themes cry for b&w, most themes cry for color. I think the unique colors of Antelope Canyon belong to the later category…

Needless to say that I have second thoughts about the validity of the amount of the sale. But beyond that, will we have more million dollar photo auctions? Yes we will. Should most of us care? Probably only if we found clients for such silly amounts and that would have to be done only once…