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    Stephen Wilkes

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    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.

    Acura, American Express, Arizona Jeans, AT&T, Beaver Creek, Cap Gemini, Cingular, Credit Suisse, Epson, FM Global, Hewlett Packard, Honda, IBM, Mastercard, New York Times Magazine, Nike, Pepsi, Pergo, Platinum Equity, Sony, Sports Illustrated, TMobile, USPS, Vanity Fair, Verizon, Visa

    • On assignment in San Pedro Los Angeles. Loved the early morning fog on the Vincent Thomas Bridge. #vincentthomasbridge #bridges #fog #onassigment #ca #la #iphoneonly
    • Leaving NYC... I caught this stunning view of the Kennedy wetlands area, part of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.  It's one of the largest urban bird sanctuaries in the eastern United States, a 9,000-acre stretch of small islands, salt marshes, fields and forest. #onassigment #aerial #wetlands #landscape #iphoneonly
    • Happy Fathers Day... this photograph captures one of my proudest moments...having my dad at one of my exhibitions. I lost my Dad, David Wilkes exactly one year ago today on Father's Day, he was 93.  A remarkable man, he inspired our whole family throughout his life. A self made man, my father was defined by hard work , passion and empathy-- but his first priority was to always take care of his family. He was a true innovator in the flavor business a talented artist & painter in his own right. 
The next time you have a HaagenDazs Coffee ice cream or a Dr Browns Black Cherry Soda, or an sky blue otter pop... Think of my dad... He'll be smiling....
#fathersday #dad
    • Enjoying a quiet evening in Providence, RI . This view of the Manchester street power station inspired a timeless quality.  #impressionism #autochrome #color #landscape #rhodeisland #iphoneonly
    • Summer in the city! With the recent heat wave that hit the East Coast this week, the best relief was from a cool pool!  With summer only 5 days away, many more moments like this to be had! 
#summer #aerial #pool #fun #pooltime #heatwave #heat #beauty #goodtimes #summer2017 #relax #eastcoast
    • A hot summer night...the perfect time to be on a beach with friends !#iphoneonly #beach #summer #sailing #iwannabealifeguard #fairfield #ct
    • Soft sunlight shining down on the warm beaches of Rio on a quiet weekday in Brazil. Preserving the worlds oceans is critical to the survival of our planet.  The beach is magical place, and keeping our oceans clean will help to create new memories for future generations. #worldoceansday #rio #brazil #ocean #beach #ipanema #preserve #beach #beauty #iphoneonly
    • Thoughts & Prayers are with all the people in London...
    • While scouting in NYC today, I love seeing the city reflect upon itself. There’s always so much to discover if you take the time to look. #nyc #newyorkcity #usa #liberty #statueofliberty #beauty #america #reflect #citylife #iphoneonly
    • A very special night to share the stage with my friend and mentor @jaymaisel. Thanks to all my friends who came out and supported us and special thanks to @svanyc @katrin_eismann and Xrite's @lizquinlisk and Sandra Corrigan Kehoe. Stay tuned for the video of this event. Photo @williamdking #svanyc #nyc #photography #nycphoto #maisel #newyorkcity
    • I had the good fortune to meet and photograph Allie C.Peek one of the Tuskegee Airmen. The name Tuskegee Airmen was given to members of the U.S. Army Air force units in Works War II that were composed of primarily African American flyers. My favorite aspect of  this portrait is the combination of Allie's pride and the reflection of the American Flag in Allie's eye. I found Allie so inspiring and felt that I captured the spirit of his patriotism. On this Memorial Day I want to honor and remember all of the men and women who bravely dedicated their lives to our country and thank the men and women who continue to do so.
    • A full moon and a beautiful landscape are some of my favorite things to shoot.  The serenity of this picture, is in my mind a great way to start the holiday weekend. #memorialday #moon #landscape #happy #relax #america #usa #serenity
    • A soaking wet day in New York City, I captured a reflection of One World Trade Center shrouded in fog. #iphoneonly #oneworldtradecenter #nyc #newyork #rain #reflection #cityscape #beauty #wtc #neverforget
    • Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge!  As a New Yorker, I take pride in our city’s iconic landmarks, and enjoy preserving these memories for future generations.  Today I want to remember the 600 workers, who took over 14 years to create this engineering marvel.  And especially the 27 workers who died during construction,  including its original designer, John Augustus Roebling. Roebling redefined what was possible in engineering in 1883, and its still is as miraculous now as it was then. #brooklynbridge #happy134birthday #nyc #newyorkcity #bklynBrdgPark #thisdayinhistory #history #eastriver #beautiful  #brooklyn #nycskyline
    • Art inspires....checked out the amazing #jimcampbell Abstract Document show @brycewolkowitz gallery today. I was inspired to create a multiple exposure portrait of Sarah. #newyork #cubism #color #iphoneonly
    • Should I stay or should I go"…..I made this photograph of an Ibex climbing a steep rock wall during my photo workshop a few weeks ago in Israel. He stopped on a protruding bolder, thought for awhile and then made his move and journeyed onward. 
I had the honor of teaching a track on photography for the UJA’s New York Federation Centennial celebration. #EinGediReserve  #deadsea #israel #ibex #travel #uja100 #nature #beauty #explore #oasis
    • I love the feeling I get when I look at this image, It makes me dream of summer and relaxing afternoons on the water. This is one from my trip to Italy a few weeks ago, on the rocky cove of Le Rocchette, Porto Ercole, Italy.  Have a good weekend everyone. #tusancoast #Italy  #portoercole  #reflections # happyplace #iphoneonly #water #boating  #oceanblue
    • When given an assignment I always look for new ways to tell the story, and that is sometimes challenging when photographing iconic landmarks.  When asked to photograph the Unisphere, I knew getting up high would be a necessity in showing the impact and size.  This image was published in the June issue of @smithsonianmagazine, accompanying the article on Global Ambition. #unisphere #globalambition #iconic #nyc #newyork #worldsfair #travel #queens #flushingmeadows #coronapark
    • Porto Ercole is a small town located in the provence of Grosseto, Tuscany. I was lucky enough to spend some time in this beautiful place. Taking in the sights, eating some terrific food and feeling lucky to have had  a few days down to enjoy the beauty of this seaside town.  #italy #tuscany #landscape @thephotosociety #beauty #sunset #happyplace #iphoneonly
    • Every year, 80% of the Sandhill Crane population gathers in Nebraska to take a break from their migration to the north. Flying thousands of feet in the air, the birds are invisible to the eye until they begin to land, when hundreds of thousands descend in unison.  I traveled to Nebraska this spring to capture the phenomenon, on assignment for @NatGeo #DayToNight. 
#birdmigration #Nebraska #sandhillcranes #migratorybirdday #StephenWilkes #migration #birds #cranes
    • In between traveling, there are many moments I forget to share... here's one from our recent trip to Israel & Tel Aviv ..stay tuned, more to follow! #uja100 #israel #telaviv #ilanagoor #phoneonly
    • Day to Night, Tulip Fields of Amsterdam. Photographing the tulip fields in Amsterdam was an incredible experience. I chose this location to incorporate the WWII bunkers and the iconic windmill. 
The Netherlands has such rich history, and I wanted to capture this along with the beauty of the tulips all in one place. The light was beautiful, and as time changed the color of the tulips did as well. 
I love the magical moments with the kids walking and running though the field. Shooting from scaffolding overlooking the field, I was reminded of how much beauty there is in this world.
#StephenWilkes #Amsterdam #tulips #tulipfields #flowers #DayToNight #Artitled #brycewolkowitzgallery #peterfettermangallery #monroegallery
    • Once they bloom, the massive crop of tulips just outside of Amsterdam have a short window to be enjoyed before workers cut them for vendors. 
Last year, I captured the crops just before the flowers were cut for a Day to Night image. This is a small portion of that image, which shows the almost unfathomable volume of beautiful tulips that are grown each year. 
#StephenWilkes #Amsterdam #tulips #tulipfields #flowers #DayToNight #Artitled #monroegallery
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