Stephen Wilkes

Hallway Study with Plant Life

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Measles Ward, Two Chairs

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Administrative Quarters

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Green Room

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Aerial Ellis Island

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Powerhouse, Door Study

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Measles Ward, Lone Chair

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Shattered Door Study

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Huddled Chairs

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Administrative Building, Dresser and Mirror

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Measles Ward Through Window

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Fall Study Courtyard

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Scrub Room

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Doorway #9

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Sink with Snowy Courtyard

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Corridor with Wooden Files

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Boiler Room

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Snow Covered Corridor

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Blue Room

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Autoclave

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Administrative Office

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Nurses Quarters

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Wall Study Light Switch

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Woman's Ward

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Corridor 9

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Curved Corridor

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

TB Ward

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Window Study Recreation Room

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Isolation Ward, Statue of Liberty

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Isolation Ward with Suitcase

1998

Digital C-Type print

Stephen Wilkes

Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom

March 4 - May 27, 2017

Take a 3D Tour of the Exhibition:

 

Stephen Wilkes
Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom
March 4 - April 29, 2017
Public Opening reception, March 4th, 4-6pm

For five years (1998-2003) New York photographer Stephen Wilkes explored the hospital complex that comprised the south side of Ellis Island. Neglected for almost fifty years, the buildings were in a state of extreme disrepair: lead paint peeled from the ceilings and walls, vines and trees grew through the floorboards, detritus and debris littered the hallways. In rooms long-abandoned, Wilkes captured a spirited new vision of this gateway to freedom. Twelve million people passed through Ellis Island. Approximately one percent were turned away for health reasons. Wilkes's powerful images of the underbelly of the island--a purgatory between freedom and captivity--ask us to reflect on the defining experiences of millions.