• 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

    • One can always find surfers and sun bathers who visit  Rio’s famous Ipanema beach daily. 
#BryceWolkowitz #Taschen #lexarmemory #IpanemaBeach #Ipanema #Beach #RioDeJaneiro
    • On a summer day in RIo  many people applaud the sunset. Shooting for over 26 hours I had a magical day and night at the beach. 
#BryceWolkowitz #Taschen #lexarmemory #IpanemaBeach #Ipanema #Beach #RioDeJaneiro
    • Photographing the beautiful Ipanema Beach always makes me think of "Jobim's , “The Girl from Ipanema”.
#Taschen #lexarmemory #IpanemaBeach #RioDeJaneiro #Beach #spiderman
    • Tulips flower in the spring, and become dormant in the summer once the flowers and leaves die back. This tulip farmer was busy in the field during a beautiful but cool spring day. 
#tulips #Spring #flowers #Netherlands #Holland #farm #windmill #Taschen #lexarmemory
    • Creating a Day to Night in this tulip field was amazing as the tulips literally changed color from Day to Night.

#tulips #Spring #flowers #Netherlands #Holland #farm #windmill #DayToNight #BryceWolkowitz #Taschen #lexarmemory
    • This vibrant tulip field was in full bloom on my last visit to Bergen. I particularly enjoyed seeing the transition of the tulips and windmill through the clouds in this in-camera multiple-exposure photograph.

#doubleexposure #tulips #Spring #flowers #Netherlands #Holland #farm #windmill #Taschen #lexarmemory
    • On April 22 we are celebrating earth day. This planet has given us an abundance of beauty  and I am so grateful. Having traveled to Steeple Jason Island I was struck by the beauty of the landscape and wild life still unspoiled. I hope it stays that way. And it’s always magical to see baby Penguins. #earthday #daytonight #taschen #falklands #natgeo #birdmigration #brycewolkowitz #penguins #lexarmemory Shot on @lexarmemory
    • Rainbows, sunsets,  incredible wildlife shot over 26 hours on Steeple Jason.  #Albatross  #daytonight #taschen #falklands #natgeo #birdmigration #brycewolkowitz
    • A lone bird soars during sunset on Steeple Jason Island.
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#daytonight #taschen #falklands #natgeo #birdmigration #brycewolkowitz
    • The Northern gannet has over 75,000 nests on The Bass Rock making it the largest colony in the world. The Bass is an island off the coast of east Scotland, and often described famously by naturalists as "one of the wildlife wonders of the world".
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#bassrock #scotland #daytonight #natgeo #northerngannets #BryceWolkowitz
    • Standing for over 24 hours on the slippery ground of Bass Rock I watched with fascination the rituals of Northern Gannets from Day to Night™. To see this photograph please visit The National Geographic Museum exhibition : In the Field with Stephen Wilkes : Day to Night.
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#bassrock #scotland #daytonight #natgeo #northerngannets #BryceWolkowitz
    • The Bass Rock was formed 320 million years ago and is the remains of one of many active volcanoes in the area an island off the coast of east Scotland, which is also home to the largest Northern gannet colony in the world.  Please visit The National Geographic Museum exhibition to see the Day to Night™ photographs I created on Bird Migration.
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#bassrock #scotland #daytonight #natgeo #northerngannets #BryceWolkowitz
    • Flamingos thrive upon the shores of Lake Bogoria, home at times to one of the world's largest populations of Lesser Flamingos 
To see more of my work please visit “The Photography Show”  at AIPAD, in NYC , April 5-8, Pier 94 booth 202. This image will be exhibited by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.
#lakebogoria #birdmigration #flamingo #aerial #daytonight #natgeo #brycewolkowitz #AIPAIDBOOTH202 #ARTITLEDcontemporary #AIPAIDBOOTH39 #kunstrai #amsterdam
    • The spectacle of the Flamingo migration, a unforgettable site to witness throughout the “Day to Night” in Kenya, Africa.  To see this photograph please visit “The Photography Show”  at AIPAD, in NYC , April 5-8, Pier 94 booth 202. This image will be exhibited by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.
#lakebogoria #birdmigration #flamingo #aerial #daytonight #natgeo #brycewolkowitz #AIPAIDBOOTH202 #ARTITLEDcontemporary #AIPAIDBOOTH39 #kunstrai #amsterdam
    • Flamingos occupy part of an island on Lake Bogoria, Kenya, Africa.  They flee to the air and the edges, as their nemesis the Marabou Stork preys upon the flock.
#lakebogoria  #flamingomigration #daytonight #natgeo #brycewolkowitz #AIPAIDBOOTH202
    • Sunset on Nebraska’s Platte River, home to the Sandhill Cranes during peak migration.

#sandhillcrane #rowesanctuary #birdmigration #natgeo #sunset #nationalgeographicmuseum #birdmigration #birdsounds #daytonight #cranes
    • It’s that magical time of year when 80% of the worlds population of Sandhill Cranes converge on Nebraska’s Platte RIver. To see more please visit The National Geographic Museum.  #nationalgeographicmuseum #sandhillcrane #rowesanctuary #birdmigration #natgeo #sunset #birdmigration #birdsounds #daytonight #cranes
    • Flying thru the sun at peak migration, the magnificent Sandhill Cranes.

#sandhillcrane #rowesanctuary #birdmigration #natgeo #sunset  #nationalgeographicmuseum #birdmigration  #birdsounds  #daytonight #cranes
    • Waiting for Spring…. #winter #compobeach #jetty #westport#ct #newengland #noreaster #connecticut
    • Remnants of what we hope to be the last Nor'easter. #winterstorm #compobeach #weatport #ct #conneticut #noreaster2018 #winteronthebeach #newengland
    • The storm rolled in...the storm rolled out. #winterstormskylar #winter #compobeach #jetty #westport #ct #newengland #noreaster
    • Last summer I traveled to Bass Rock, an island off the coast of Eastern Scotland to document bird migration for @natgeo. My purpose was to create a Day to Night photograph documenting the world’s largest population of Northern Gannets. We discovered some unexpected entertainment while on the island, as the gannets are very territorial birds.  While watching them we were awestruck by their aggressive behavior, which reminded me of a wrestling match. You can see this image and many more at my exhibition at the @natgeomuseum “Transcend the Passage of Time in ‘Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes, through April 30, 2018. The Day to Night photograph is part of a series of Day to Night images created for the March issue of National Geographic, “The Journeys of Migratory Birds” story.  To see more of the Bird Migration, Day to Night photographs please follow me @stephenwilkes. To learn more about my process in creating these photographs see my TED talk link in my IG bio. #WWE #scotishseabirdcenter #bassrock #Scotland #natgeo #daytonight #birdmigration #gannets #migration
    • Yesterday was World Wildlife Day. This year the focus is on the big cats and ensuring their survival. Big cats are among our most cherished, and admired mammals but today they face threats caused by human activity . World Wildlife has written that “Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade. “ 
I hope this photograph taken in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania reminds us all of the beauty and fragility of these incredible animals. #bigcat #serengeti #lion
    • Crazy light tonight in  #NYC #sunset #light #architecture #iphoneonly
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