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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

    • Day To Night, Grand Canyon National Park. 
While other images from my Day to Night series have proven to be quite challenging, this image was made even more complicated by sheer logistics. How would I create an image that showed one of the most photographed places in the world in a completely unique way? My goal was to create an image that showed the majesty and vastness of the Grand Canyon, incorporating a human scale and narrative within the scene. I photographed from the top of the Desert View Watchtower at the South Rim - in the late summer so that I could capture the summer storms - where my team and I worked for 27 hours scanning this amazing vista for all the unique moments from Day to Night. The long hours paid off and I was able to capture a single bolt of lightning just before the storm retreated into the canyon. 
#EarthDay #NationalParks #NPS #GrandCanyon #SouthRim #StephenWilkes #DayToNight #NatGeo #brycewolkowitzgallery #peterfettermangallery #monroegallery
    • The floating mountains of Disney's "Pandora" - Disneyworld's latest creation, based on the movie Avatar. 
It was an amazing experience capturing the magic of the park's new venture for Bloomberg Business. 
#Disneyworld #Avatar #Pandora #BloombergBusiness #themepark #StephenWilkes
    • Day to Night, Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park. A portion of this image was featured on the cover of last year's January issue of National Geographic Magazine in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. I am proud to celebrate our National Parks again for #nationalparksweek. 
I’ve always been inspired by the concept of using photography as a medium for capturing the passage of time. Time is something that we constantly sense, but have no concrete way of visualizing. Interestingly enough, this view, called "Tunnel View"  has remained truly timeless over the years.

In creating a Day To Night,  I photograph from locations and views that are part of our collective memory. Working from a fixed camera angle, I capture the fleeting moments of humanity and light as time passes. After photographing for up to 26 hours and over 1500 images taken, I select the best moments of the day and night. Using time as my guide, all these moments are then seamlessly blended into a single photograph, visualizing our conscious journey with time.

It is my hope that this image captures the magical experience that is Yosemite seen by millions, in the 100 operating years of the National Park Service.

Stay tuned to see more of our National Parks, including the completed images from my current series, Day to Night. 
#Yosemite #StephenWilkes #NationalParks #Family #GoOutside

#BryceWolkowitzGallery #PeterFettermanGallery #MonroeGallery #Artitled
    • Day to Night, Vatican City on Easter Sunday. 
Over 150,000 people were in attendance last Easter when Pope Francis held Easter Mass from Vatican City. 
It was an impressive and beautiful day for Catholics and non-Catholics alike - the historical importance alone made it one of my most important captures yet. As one of the most beloved Popes it was a great honor to create this photograph and include him. 
#DayToNight #StephenWilkes #VaticanCity #Easter #PopeFrancis #Rome #PeterFettermanGallery #MonroeGallery #BryceWolkowitzGallery #Artitled
    • A small moment from my Day to Night of the Vatican on Easter Sunday, taken last year. 
Known as "the people's pope" Pope Francis greeted some 150,000 people - all in Vatican City to celebrate this momentous holiday. 
#DayToNight #StephenWilkes #VaticanCity #Easter #PopeFrancis #Rome
    • Spring greenery overtaking the empty branches of winter. 
#iphoneonly #StephenWilkes #multipleexposure #spring #color #Westport #CT #NewEngland
    • The shared moments of a sunny day in Brooklyn - happiness abound in the spring sunshine. 
This image is part of a much larger image - Brooklyn Bridge Day to Night. 
#BrooklynBridge #NewYorkCity#DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Brooklyn #spring
    • A small moment from the larger image, Brooklyn Bridge Day to Night. 
The old and new contrasted as the spring sun sets over a Manhattan skyline. 
#BrooklynBridge #NewYorkCity#DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Brooklyn #spring
    • Day to Night, Brooklyn Bridge. 
This image is one of the most recent in my series, capturing the small and fleeting moments throughout the day and into the night that make these iconic locations so special - the quaint picnic shared between friends, the wedding photo captured with that iconic view, the I-just-moved-here-and-cant-wait-to-show-my-friends-how-cool-it-is pose. 
I will be at AIPAD today and tomorrow with this image and others. If you're in NYC, stop by and say hello! I'll be at booths with Peter Fetterman Gallery (booth 418) and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (booth 301). #AIPAD #StephenWilkes #DayToNight #Pier94 #BrooklynBridge #BrooklynBridgePark #PeterFettermanGallery #BryceWolkowitzGallery #MonroeGallery @aipadphoto
    • Cars, fences, rooftops, pipes—what becomes of them when we decide to move on? Seen here at a recycling center in NY: baled into cubes and waiting, unsure what form they will take on in their next life. 
#scrapmetal #recycle #metal #scrapyard
    • 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
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