Bass Rock, Scotland, Day to Night, 2017

Stephen Wilkes

Bass Rock, Scotland, Day to Night

2017

Archival Digital C-print

Lake Bogoria, Kenya, Day to Night, 2017

Stephen Wilkes

Lake Bogoria, Kenya, Day to Night

2017

Archival Digital C-print

Steeple Jason, Falkland Islands, Day to Night, 2017

Stephen Wilkes

Steeple Jason, Falkland Islands, Day to Night

2017

Archival Digital C-print

Rowe Sanctuary, Nebraska, Day to Night, 2017

Stephen Wilkes

Rowe Sanctuary, Nebraska, Day to Night

2017

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Amsterdam, Day to Night

2017

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Palio, Siena, Italy, Day to Night

2016

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Stonehenge, United Kingdom, Day to Night

2016

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Tour de France, Paris, Day to Night

2016

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Detian Falls, Guangxi China

2017

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Ipanema Beach, Rio

2017

Archival Digital C-print

 

Stephen Wilkes

Kumbh Mela Festival, Haridwar India

2017

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Robson Bight, BC

2016

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Varanasi, India 

2016

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Easter Mass, Vatican, Rome, Italy, Day to Night

2016

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Campanile San Giorgio, Venice, Day to Night

2016

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Tulips, Bergen, The Netherlands, Day to Night

2016

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Stephen Wilkes

Campanile di San Marco, Venice, Day to Night

2016

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, Day to Night

2016

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Stephen Wilkes

Cherry Blossoms, National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, DC, Day to Night Series

2015

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Stephen Wilkes

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, Day to Night Series

2015

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Stephen Wilkes

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Day to Night Series

2015

Archival Digital C-print

Regata Storica, Venice

Day to Night

2015

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Stephen Wilkes

Serengeti, Tanzania

2015

Archival Digital C-print

Stephen Wilkes

Sacre Coeur, Paris, Day to Night Series

2015

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Stephen Wilkes

Essex House, Central Park, New York City, Day to Night Series

2014

Archival Digital C-print

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, London

Day to Night 

2014

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Tunnel View, Yosemite

Day to Night

2014

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Eiffel Tower

Day to Night

2014

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Pont de la Tournelle, Paris

Day to Night

2013

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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center, NYC

Day to Night

2013

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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Day to Night

2013

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View from the Savoy, London

Day to Night

2013

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America's Cup, San Francisco

Day to Night

2013

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Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

Day to Night

2013

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Millennium Park, Chicago

Day to Night

2013

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Wrigley Field, Chicago

Day to Night

2013

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Inauguration, Washington D.C

Day to Night

2013

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Jerusalem

Day to Night

2012

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Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Day to Night

2012

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Shanghai

Day to Night

2012

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Central Park Snow, New York City

Day to Night

2011

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Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, New York City

Day to Night

2011

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Coney Island, New York

Day to Night

2011

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Gramercy Park, NYC

Day to NIght 

2011

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Flatiron Building, NYC

Day to NIght 

2011

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Washington Square, NYC

Day to Night

2011

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New York Public Library, 5th Avenue

Day to NIght 

2011

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Park Avenue, NYC

Day to NIght 

2011

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Time Square, NYC

Day to NIght 

2011

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Highline, NYC

Day to Night

2011

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New Year's Eve, NYC

Day to Night

2011

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Stephen Wilkes

Stephen Wilkes (American, b. 1957)

 

 

Since opening his studio in New York City in 1983, photographer Stephen Wilkes has built an unprecedented body of work and a reputation as one of America’s most iconic photographers, widely recognized for his fine art, editorial and commercial work.

 

His photographs are included in the collections of the George Eastman Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Dow Jones Collection, Griffin Museum of Photography, Jewish Museum of NY, Library of Congress, Snite Museum of Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Museum of the City of New York, 9/11 Memorial Museum and numerous private collections. His editorial work has appeared in, and on the covers of, leading publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time, Fortune, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and many others.

 

Wilkes’ early career interpretations of Mainland China, California’s Highway One, and impressionistic “Burned Objects” set the tone for a series of career-defining projects that catapulted him to the top of the photographic landscape.

 

In 1998, a one-day assignment to the south side of Ellis Island led to a 5-year photographic study of the island’s long abandoned medical wards where immigrants were detained before they could enter America. Through his photographs and video, Wilkes helped secure $6 million toward the restoration of the south side of the island. A monograph based on the work, Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom, was published in 2006 and was named one of TIME magazine’s 5 Best Photography Books of the Year. The work was also featured on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning.

 

In 2000, Epson America commissioned Wilkes to create a millennial portrait of the United States, “America In Detail,” a 52-day odyssey that was exhibited in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

 

Day to Night, Wilkes’ most defining project, began in 2009. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of his lens over the course of full day. Blending these images into a single photograph takes months to complete. Day to Night has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning as well as dozens of other prominent media outlets and, with a grant from the National Geographic Society, was recently extended to include America’s National Parks in celebration of their centennial anniversary. The series will be published as a monograph in 2017.

 

Wilkes’ work documenting the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy has brought heightened awareness to the realities of global climate change. He was commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography to revisit New Orleans in 2013 after documenting Hurricane Katrina for the World Monuments Fund. And, his images were exhibited with his photographs on Hurricane Sandy in the 2014 Sink or Swim, Designing for a Sea of Change exhibition.

 

Despite his intense dedication to personal projects, Wilkes continues to shoot advertising

campaigns for the world’s leading agencies and corporations, including: OppenheimerFunds, SAP, IBM, The New Yorker, Johnson & Johnson, DHL, American Express, Nike, Sony, Verizon, IBM, AT&T, Rolex, Honda, McCann Worldwide, Ogilvy & Mather, and McGarry Bowen.

 

Wilkes is currently working on a documentary film about legendary photographer Jay Maisel’s historic Bank Building at 190 Bowery. And, in 2016, his photograph Day to Night, Wrigley Field, will be included in Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843- Present, an exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum curated by Gail Buckland.

 

Wilkes’ extensive awards and honors include the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography, Photographer of the Year from Adweek Magazine, Fine Art Photographer  of the Year 2004 Lucie Award, TIME Magazine Top 10 Photographs of 2012, Sony World Photography Professional Award 2012 and Prix Pictet, Consumption 2014. His board affiliations include the Advisory Board of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications; Save Ellis Island Board of Directors, on which he served for 5 years; and the Goldring Arts Journalism Board.

 

Wilkes was born in 1957 in New York. He received his BS in photography from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a minor in business management from the Whitman School of Management in 1980.

 

Wilkes, who lives and maintains his studio in Westport, CT, is represented by Peter Fetterman Gallery, Los Angeles; Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York; Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe; and Artitled Contemporary, The Netherlands.

Press Old

Video: CBS Sunday Morning Special
Time Travel Within a Photograph
Video: Stephen Wilkes
X-Rite Photo
Forbes Magazine (Spain)
20 May, 2013
Pro Photo Daily
24 May, 2012