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Stephen Wilkes

Stephen Wilkes

Fine Art


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 recognised for his fine art, editorial and commercial work.

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.

Stephen’s 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. The entire Day to Night series will be published by TASCHEN as a monograph in 2017.

Over the past 4 years Stephen Wilkes has been fortunate to receive attention to his Day to Night series from some of the worlds most respected magazines and the art world. In 2014 Time Magazine featured 8 pages on Stephen Wilkes , Day to Night photographs. In the same year Stephen decided to photograph Tunnel View, Yosemite National park, Day to Night. This is a difficult undertaking and Stephen knew the image could be compared to the iconic Ansel Adams photograph. He shot for 31 hours capturing the moon rise over El Capitan. When he finished the photograph after many months of editing and post production he shared the photograph with the senior photo editor at Nat Geo. She loved the photograph and offered him a grant to continue shooting in the National Parks. The end result was the Yosemite photograph became the cover of the January 2016 lead issue on the national parks. And the issue ran a 16 page spread on the Stephen's other  day to night National Park photographs .

Stephen will be holding a seminar on Thursday 13th October, entitled “Day to Night” and joining a participating in a panel discussion during Xposure 2016.

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