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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

    • Beauty in simplicity. 
#iphoneonly#unedited #StephenWilkes
    • The chaos of rain in the city diffused by a taxi window. 
#artiseverywhere #iphoneonly #rain #NYC
    • Life, imitating art. Shot with an antique 100 year old lens, and inspired by the work of French impressionist painter, Edgar Degas. 
#ballet #Degas #impressionism #art #dance
    • Just when it seems the light is gone, there is more to be had--fading slowly and gracefully. A peaceful morning scene in New England. 
#fog #deer #light #peaceful #tranquil
    • Watching the Firestone Grand Prix trials from a stunning view in St Petersburg. #iphoneonly #stpetersburg#stpetersburgrandprix #indy
    • What began as a one hour editorial assignment became a five year passion. In a place few were ever allowed to enter I was blessed to be able to study every season. I photographed every corner, every crevice, in every imaginable light. Somehow, it felt as if I was chosen to do it: to document the light and energy and the living spirit of this place. I added no light of my own, nor any artifice of the photographic craft. I wasn't interested in simply in graphics born from the patina of ruin. I wanted to record the place as I found it.  I felt the palpable presence of humanity everywhere I turned, in every room. It was an energy in whose presence I felt tremendous humility.  Thanks to Peter Fetterman Gallery this photograph and others from the series will be on view at the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica beginning this Friday thru April 29. I will be at the gallery on today and encourage anyone in LA to stop by, see the work, and say hello! #PeterFettermanGallery #StephenWilkes #EllisIsland #EllisIslandghostsofFreedom #immigration #America
    • What began as a one hour editorial assignment became a five year passion. In a place few were ever allowed to enter I was blessed to be able to study every season. I photographed every corner, every crevice, in every imaginable light. Somehow, it felt as if I was chosen to do it.: to document the light and energy and the living spirit of this place. I added no light of my own, nor any artifice of the photographic craft. I wasn't interested in simply in graphics born from the patina of ruin. I wanted to record the place as I found it.  I felt the palpable presence of humanity everywhere I turned, in every room. It was an energy in whose presence I felt tremendous humility.  Thanks to Peter Fetterman Gallery this photograph and others from the series will be on view at the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica beginning this Friday thru April 29. I will be at the gallery on Saturday March 4th and encourage anyone in LA to stop by, see the work, and say hello! #PeterFettermanGallery #StephenWilkes #EllisIsland #EllisIslandghostsofFreedom #immigration #America
    • In the southern shadows of Ellis Island's Great Hall, forgotten by history and ill-equipped in its battle with nature, I came upon the ruins of a vast hospital: the infectious disease wards and isolation rooms for the people whose spirits carried them across oceans but whose bodies failed them, just inches from Paradise.  This image and others from the series will be featured at Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica beginning this Saturday. I encourage anyone in LA to stop by, see the work, and say hello! #PeterFettermanGallery #StephenWilkes #EllisIsland #immigration #America
    • Life imitates art. 
#StephenWilkes #DayToNight #streetart #Rio #RiodeJaneiro #Brazil
    • There's a certain comfort to an open window, details ambiguious enough to allow each passerby to imagine their life as the inhabitant of its welcoming fabrics and gentle light. 
Sights from my recent trip to Rio. 
#iphoneonly #StephenWilkes #DayToNight #Rio #RiodeJaneiro #Brazil
    • The shining sun peaking through early morning clouds as seen on the flight into Rio de Janeiro, where I recently traveled to capture the latest image in my series, Day to Night. 
#iphoneonly #Rio #sunrise #Brazil #StephenWilkes #DayToNight
    • New York aesthetic distilled into an image - at least for the duration of this stop. 
#iPhoneonly #subway #NYC #StephenWilkes #mural #America
    • A quiet winter sunset at Compo Beach. As the sun goes down, the sky glows; we're one day closer to summer.

#iPhoneonly #CompoBeach #Westport #StephenWilkes #beach #sunset #summer
    • It's a beautiful day to celebrate love, under a blue sky and a fluttering flag. 
Taken on a location scout today in Lincoln, Nebraska. 
#iphoneonly #HappyValentinesDay #America #love #Nebraska
    • A small colony of Bull sea lions lounge in the afternoon breeze on the coast of the Falkland Islands. Did you know that unlike seals, sea lions are strong enough to lift themselves up on their flippers and run? 
These sea lions are one species of many I was fortunate enough to capture on my recent trip to the Falkland Islands on assignment for @natgeo this past month. 
Stay tuned to see more imagery from my travels to this beautiful archipelago just off the coast of Argentina. 
#SeaLions #FalklandIslands #StephenWIlkes #onassignment #NationalGeographic #photography
    • A deceased Caracara's talon found while exploring the Falkland Islands. These carnivorous scavengers had my assistant and I in near constant fear, as their protective instincts over their young led them to believe our every move meant an imminent attack. We had to dodge attacks from nearly every one we came across, so I was eager to capture details after stumbling upon a dead one. 
#caracara #FalklandIslands #birds #carnivore #talon #StephenWilkes #onassignment #NatGeo #iphoneonly
    • A pair of Gentoo Penguins splash into the coast of the Falkland Islands, which is home to 1/3 of the breed. 
I traveled to the Falklands archipelago this month on assignment for @natgeo, where I captured the many species that call this incredible land home. 
#GentooPenguins #FalklandIslands #StephenWilkes #NatGeo #onassignment
    • I've just returned from the most incredible adventure in the Falkland Islands, where I was on assignment for National Geographic creating a new series of Day to Night images. Stay tuned as I share more images from this extraordinary place! #falklandislands #natgeo #onassignment #StephenWilkes #iphoneonly
    • In 2013, I had the incredible opportunity to capture President Obama's second inauguration. It was an overwhelming day, with estimates of 1 million people in attendance. 
I spent 20+ hours--from setup to breakdown--above the sea of waving flags in a scissor lift. As planes landed at Ronald Reagan Airport gusts of wind shook the lift, threatening to blur my exposures. 
The final image was worth the stress and more as I was able to create an image that captures the sentiments of the day, and years, of Obama's continued presidency. 
For further details on this print, including how to obtain a copy, contact info@stephenwilkes.com. 
#DayToNight #StephenWilkes #inauguration #Obama #TASCHEN #BryceWolkowitzGallery #Artitled #PeterFettermanGallery #MonroeGallery
    • A small moment of a much larger image.  I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to create a Day to Night of President Obama's 2012 Inauguration.  I witnessed a sea of waving flags, cheers of proud constituents, and the pride of the nation --all illuminated by a bright and colorful sunrise--I am so honored to have been part of such a momentus day in history.

#Inauguration #PresidentObama #WashingtonDC #America
    • A DC sunset, captured four years ago this week. 
In January of 2013, I stood proudly with 1 million other Americans as President Obama was inaugurated for his second term. 
I created an image of that day--one of the most special of my Day to Night series--that feels more significant now than ever. 
As our nation prepares for the coming week's events, I can't help but reflect on the nostalgia many of us share when thinking back to that time. 
#inauguration #WashingtonDC #StephenWilkes #DayToNight
    • This year is off to an adventurous start. For the entire month of January, I will be in South America on commission for National Geographic, capturing the myriad stories to be told within the Falkland Islands, a 4,700 square mile archipelago just southeast of Argentina.

With less than 3,000 residents, to call the location remote seems an understatement. I will be exploring off the grid over the next several days, and hope that with my return I bring stories and imagery worthy of this incredible land. 
Until then. 
#FalklandIslands #NationalGeographic #onassignment #StephenWilkes
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