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  • Stephen Wilkes


    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

    • Seeing NYC from afar always inspires me.
#nyc #homecoming #citylife #winterwonderland #sky #skyline #iphoneonly
    • I am very honored to have my photograph Grand Canyon , Day to Night , included in the, first -ever guest edited @time .  Bill Gates is the guest editor who feels the future is bright and the Deputy Director of Photography  at Time chose this image  to accompany the ” The Genius of America” essay, written  by Warren Buffet.  Leaders from many fields gave their insight to show the possibilities of what lies ahead.
I photographed The Grand Canyon for a story I did on the National Parks for @natgeo . That too was a great honor and I hope that the beauty and grandeur of The Grand Canyon and all of our National Parks is preserved for generations to come. #timemagazine #billgates #nationalgeographic #grandcanyon #daytonight #warrenbuffet #nationalparks #preservation
    • A cold afternoon meditation... -20 with the windchill here in #connecticut .
Hoping your all enjoying this from a warm place. #coldweather #sunset #frozen #meditation #westport #compobeach #iphoneonly
    • Nature lovers, bird watchers and bird lovers across the country recognize today as National Bird Day! I have had an exciting year photographing birds for a story on bird migration for National Geographic. I have learned so much about birds and their migratory patterns. I photographed 4 different species in 4 different countries and I’m looking forward to sharing the photographs with you over the coming weeks. I believe this bird that I photographed on an earlier trip to Tanzania is a  European Roller. I loved his coloring and his graceful gesture. More to come on the birds, so please follow me @stephenwilkes to see more. And happy National Bird Day everyone. 
#NationalGeographic #StephenWilkesPhotography #Africa #Serengeti #bird #thornes
    • The bitter cold of the last 10 days reminded me of this photograph I shot of the Hudson River. Shooting from above I saw this lone boat trapped by the frozen water.  I thought the mosaic patterns of the ice were beautiful. There are currently patches of ice forming along the banks of the Hudson River as we await the massive winter storm called a "bomb cyclone", which is set to hit the East Coast tomorrow.  Hoping everyone affected by the storm stays safe and warm! #ice #bombcyclone #storm #winter #snow #winterwonderland #freezing #coldday #hudsonriver
    • On a past trip to Zimbabwe I caught this woman walking early in the morning on her way to work. I loved her gesture, the shadow, the light, the  red color of her dress and her blue shoe. Africa is one of my favorite places to visit and to photograph. I hope to be back there in the coming year.

#StephenWilkesPhotography #travel #Africa #Zimbabwe #MorningCommute
    • One of my favorite moments from 2017,
a year in which I was blessed to see so many extraordinary things, was discovering a Grey Seal named Sam ...off the coast of North Berwick, Scotland.  Everything about Sam made me smile:) I hope he brings all of you the same joy he has given me ...as we end 2017 and begin a new year.  Wishing you all a Happy & Healthy New Year to you and families!  We look forward to sharing new adventures in the coming year. #Scotland #greyseal #daytonight #iphoneonly
    • This last year I had the good fortune to document bird migration around the world.  It’s given me a deep appreciation for these incredible creatures.  Even watching a seagull fly overhead looking for a snack still leaves me with a sense of awe. #seagull #cloudscape #birds of instagram  #iphoneonly
    • Everyone loves a White Christmas ...and there is no better way to describe the experience than the 1942 Irving Berlin song, #WhiteChristmas. This version by the great Bing Crosby is the worlds best selling single, with estimated sales in excess of 100 million copies worldwide . I hope you enjoy this snowy video, and wish all of you Happy Holidays, and may your day be filled with love, peace and joy. #merrychristmas #whitechristmas #bingcrosby #irvingberlinswhitechristmas #happyholidays #iphoneonly
    • With only 3 days left until Christmas, the next few days are known as “crunch time” for many retailers.  Some toy retailers will be offering incentives and sales and the weekend is expected to bring an extraordinary number of shoppers trying to scoop up last minute deals. I shot this 24-hour time lapse at a Walmart Super store and it reminded me of what lies ahead for the weekend. I hope all the last-minute shoppers enjoy and wish everyone happy holidays. 
@walmart #shopping #christmas #nightbeforechristmas #checkout #happyholidays
    • Steeple Jason is a magical place and is home to 70% of the worlds population of Black-browed Albatross. This video of a fledgling Black-browed Albatross, covered with soft grey down feathers is a preview of my upcoming series from an assignment on Bird Migration that will be published in National Geographic in January and exhibited at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC in February. Please stay tuned to see more from this amazing adventure.

#StephenWilkesPhotography #Albatross #BlackBrowedAlbatross #fledgling #SteepleJason #BirdMigration #NationalGeographic #Falklands #wildlife #travel #babybird #fuzzy #nesting
    • A time for reflection, after an exciting & inspiring week here in Miami. Everywhere you look, art abounds.  Here’s a detail from Phillip K Smith’s reflective piece, “120 Degree Arc East-Southeast,” with yours truly:) It’s time to head back home to the cold! #selfie #Art #Pulsefair #artmiami #beach #miamibeach #philipksmith #ArtBasel #iphoneonly
    • Taking in the local color... #miamibeach #artbasel #pulsemiami #artmiami #color #mondrian #artdeco #iphoneonly
    • It was great meeting up with @brycewolkowitz who is currently exhibiting some of my newest #DayToNight work at booth N202 in the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Miami. If you’re in Miami please stop by.  @pulseartfair @brycewolkowitz #fineart #miami #detianfalls #china #vietnam #waterfall #gallery #photography
    • Thanks to @brycewolkowitz for exhibiting some of my newest work PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami booth N202.  If you are in Miami please come visit @pulseartfair @brycewolkowitz #daytonight #fineart #miami #detianfalls #china #vietnam  #waterfall #gallery #photography
    • The last waning moments of autumn.  #color #fallseason #autumn #impressionism #iphone7plus
    • After a wonderful year of planning with Arts in Embassies, the US Embassy in Ottawa and our friends at The National Gallery, I am looking forward to tomorrow night’s unveiling of my newest Day to Night commemorating Canada's 150 the anniversary of Confederation. The photograph will be unveiled by Ambassador Craft at the third edition of Contemporary Conversations at the National Gallery of Canada, which I had the pleasure of speaking at in 2015.  I am so happy to be returning and sharing this new work with my friends in Canada. This detail taken from the full image includes a view of The Royal Family being greeted by Prime Minister Trudeau and his family.  It was a very exciting shoot and I am very grateful to former Ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki who created the wonderful Contemporary Conversations series.  I hope you enjoy seeing the final image when we reveal it tomorrow night. #canada #canada150 #daytonight #royalfamily #primeministertrudeau #nationalgalleryofcanada #gallery #art
    • As I Reflect back on this extraordinary year of photographing bird migration for National Geographic, I’m so thankful for all the special moments I witnessed.  Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River in Nebraska was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  Working ever so quietly in a bird blind for 36 hours, we documented the Sandhill Cranes gathering as they take a break from their migration north.  The sight & sound of thousands these birds arriving at sunset is only rivaled by seeing them leave at sunrise.  This is definitely one for the bucket list! #DayToNight #birdmigration #NatGeo #Nebraska #sandhillcrane #rowesanctuary #birds #stephenwilkes #nature #reflection #amazing #audubonbirdsanctuary #conservation
    • I had the privilege to be invited to photograph the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve in B.C by the CETUS Research and Conservations Society. The Bight is a protective killer whale habitat famous for its whale-rubbing beaches. Cetus’s research is instrumental in protecting & preserving the Bight. We camped on West Cracroft Island in British Columbia with the perfect view into Robson Bight.  I would say that watching the full moon rise in this special part of the world,  leaves one speechless. #fullmoon #britishcolumbia #robsonbight #vancouverisland #orcas #nature #mountains #cetus #bc #weather #daytonight #ecologicalreserve #killerwhale #preservation
    • Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, enjoying quality time with family and friends. I wanted to share some of my favorite moments of my “Day to Night” Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. In this “loup view” of the photograph you’ll notice that time is changing as the parade unfolds, seeing the giant balloons as they arrive, bringing smiles to the families everywhere. The fun part in creating these photographs is finding the hidden moments that make this image so special. My favorite was discovering a family enjoying Thanksgiving dinner on the Night side of the photograph! Enjoy and Happy Holiday! 
#Thanksgiving #MacysThanksgivingDayParade #ColumbusCircle #Spongebob #Spiderman #Sonic #Snoopy #holidays#NYC #DayToNight
    • Visiting one of my favorite spots to photograph, a place where I created my first book ,”California One, The Pacific Coast Highway”. The sunsets here never get old... #california #CaliforniaOne #la #sunset #pch #iphoneonly
    • While soaring above one of the world’s largest flamingo populations, the migration forms a majestic natural tapestry against the unique volcanic region that is Lake Bogoria. #flamingos #aerial #heli #lakebogoria #africa #kenya #lesserflamingos #birdmigration #flight #amazing #beauty #nature #shadows
    • A beautiful crisp fall day....perfect for a walk in the woods.  #tapestry #fall #impressionism #color #iphoneonly
    • Thank you @Brycewolkowitz for exhibiting my latest Day to Night photographs these past 6 weeks. Tomorrow is the final day of the exhibition. If you’re in the NYC please stop by to say hi & see these latest works from my Day to Night Series.

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
505 West 24th Street NYC

#DayToNight #StephenWilkesPhotography #BryceWolkowitzGallery #NYC
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