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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

    • 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
    • If your lucky enough to be in Paris this week... please check out @parisphotofair and @brycewolkowitz  gallery is showing two of our new Day To Night images! Grand Palais, Stand B-06. #parisphoto #parisphoto2017 #DayToNight
    • Often my photographs are from distant places, far from my studio.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a local oyster farmer just a few miles away .  I was very interested to learn about the modern aquaculture technology and met @jeffnorthrop who has reinvented his family owned tidelands dating back to 1857.  This building sits on the family owned island, which is used as a tasting room. @hummockisland  #westport #ct #oysterfarm #oysters #yummy #newengland #explorehome #family #travel #closetohome
    • During my travels in Delhi, India I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the culture and people that make up this diverse landscape.  This portrait encompasses these elements, the beautiful light, his expression and of course the vibrant color.  As a photographer, I try and tell a story with each frame taking the viewer along the journey with me. #india #delhi #photography #travel #color #light #stephenwilkes #magic #portrait #journey #travel
    • Happy Halloween! I am amazed by season 2 of Stranger Things !  And so honored to have been a part of this great campaign. In photographing the the pumpkin patch  for the new poster  I was drawn to these special rotting pumpkins that definitely look like they come from the upside down! #holloween #strangerthings2 #pumpkins #iphoneonly #art #hawkins #theupsidedown #pumpkinpatch #scary #happyhalloween
    • 🐝 keeper selfie.. couldn’t help but think about #avedon beekeeper #homage #rhinebeck #bees #newyork #iphoneonly
    • Italy pulls you in, and makes you feel welcomed and relaxed.  As I went to explore the shores of Lake Como, in Bellagio I was drawn into the landscape and the sparkling waters that were being enjoyed by this family below. No matter what the time of day, there’s always some magic on Lake Como. #italy #lakecomo #bellagio #moments #landscape #lakelife #water #family #inspired
    • On this day in 1697 one of Italy’s greatest painters was born, Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto.  His paintings have inspired generations, and were daily inspiration when we created the Day to Night Venice photographs.  Canaletto is known for his extraordinary cityscapes capturing intimate city views of Venice.  In honor his birthday, I wanted to share my photograph of Campanile di San Marco, Venice.  Thrilled to have this image appear on this month’s cover of the photography issue of @travelandleisure. #travelandleisure #canaletto #italy #venice #painting #art #photography #daytonight #stephenwilkes #birthday #campaniledisanmarco
    • Here is a series of photographs from a current exhibition of artist Dale Chihuly’s work @nybotanicalgarden .  I loved this exhibition by @chihulystudio. Seeing great art, inevitably leads to inspiration. I found myself captivated by the energy his pieces imbued on the natural flora and fauna. These images reflect that energy.  Looking forward to seeing this exhibition at night! #chihuly #nybotanicalgarden #nyc #art #inspiration #newyork #glass #sculpture #multipleexposure #iphone
    • This photograph is part of my recent Tapestry series.  The image was created shooting in camera multiple exposures of fleeting elements. They are moments in time that create a sense of place.  Although these images have a spontaneous quality, I’m actually pre-visualizing the final layered image as I photograph.  The end result recreates a sense of my personal experience in that moment.  This image was taken on a recent trip to Lake Como in Northern Italy, where I explored the unique elements of the lake water surrounded by stunning mountains. #tapestry #italy #lakecomo #mountains #fall #stephenwilkes #photography #nature #fall #travel #water #moments #incamera
    • A lake is a place for reflection. The stunning mountains that frame this seemingly endless lake, are constantly changing ones impressions of scale. This mirrored view is from within Villa Carlotta overlooking Lake Como, Italy. #lakecomo #water #italy #reflection #villacarlotta #iphoneonly
    • Happy to share the 3rd poster which I had the honor of collaborating on for @netflix Stranger Things Season 2. Special thanks to the amazing team at Netflix & LA for giving me this fantastic opportunity. #stephenwilkesphotography#stephenwilkes #strangerthings2 @strangerthingstv #netflix #season2 #welcometohawkins @d_eye @we_luv_la
    • Sunrise this morning from the same view as last night . #tuscany #landscape #fog #magic #iphoneonly
    • There’s something magical about the light here In Tuscany. It leaves you longing for more...A beautiful end to a wonderful day. #CastelloDelNero #Tuscany #Italy #landscape #vino #iphoneonly
    • Thanks @kingjames for sharing this latest poster that I had the pleasure of photographing for the incredible team @netflix and @strangerthingstv @we_luv_la @d__eye !
    • Traveling through Africa this past July, I was drawn to the light one evening as we drove to Nairobi. The warm late afternoon light enhanced the captivating landscape, especially the green wall of this hotel and pub.  This image is part of my “Drive By” series, photographs of fleeting moments taken while traveling in a moving car. #africa #nairobi #sunset #light #color #photography #kenya #stephenwilkes #stephenwilkesphotography #pub #africanamazing #drivebyphoto #moment
    • A sunset boat ride is a great way to soak in this amazing fall weather.  A cruise on the open water, is a sure way to relax and recharge with friends and family. I love watching the reflections in the water as we cruise the Long Island Sound, peacefully and hypnotically the images come and go. I hope everyone gets a chance to get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall. #boat #sunsetcruise #fall #feelslikesummer #longislandsound #water #iphone #ct #conneticut #beauty #reflections #stephenwilkes #stephenwilkesphotography
    • Excited to share the 2nd poster I had the honor of working on for @netflix Stranger Things Season 2. Special thanks to the amazing team at Netflix & LA for giving me this fantastic opportunity. #stephenwilkesphotography #stephenwilkes #strangerthings2 @strangerthingstv #netflix #season2 #welcometohawkins @d_eye @we_luv_la
    • A gorgeous afternoon for a boat ride! As the days ahead start getting shorter, hoping summer stays a bit longer...#summer #landscape #seascape #fairfieldcounty #southport #iphone7plus
    • With the first day of fall upon us, summer is still trying to hold on.  The weather on the East Coast is warm and beautiful, with record days above 80 degrees.  I shot this just 5 miles from my studio, and I always enjoy capturing moments that are close to home.  #fall #compobeach #westport #ct #drone #dji #sunset #beauty #moments #home #stillsummer #water #beach #nature #outside #eastcoast
    • On this last day of summer, I am reminded of this past season of inspiring travel and amazing adventures. I had the opportunity to be in some of the most beautiful places and for that I am grateful. This photograph was taken in Israel in Tel Aviv at sunset, during a workshop I was teaching. The joys of travel and sharing these adventures with friends and family is what drives my creative process.  I am looking forward to the fall and I can’t wait to see what moments happen in front of my lens.  #Israel #deadsea #travel #lastdayofsummer #summer #photography #inspire #sunset
    • Very special thanks to Kelly Gonsalves at @theweekmag for writing such a wonderful article on my Day to Night series. To experience these images in person, visit @brycewolkowitz gallery in NYC. The exhibit will be up through Nov. 11, 2017. Please see link to article at the top in my bio for @theweekmag. 
#stephenwilkesphotography #stephenwilkes #taschen #daytonight #iconiclocations #fineart #theweek #exhibit #galleryshow #brycewolkowitzgallery
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