Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Photo by Greg Gorman
Stephen Wilkes is an American photographer from New York who is famous for capturing the world by day and night, as well as the worlds abandon locations. Stephan was born in 1957, he received his bachelors in photography from the university of Syracuse with a minor in business management in 1980. Stephan Wilkes began his career as a photographer by opening a photography studio in 1983. Since then his reputation for being one of the best photographers in America has skyrocketed through a series of publications in famous magazines and books. Stephens worked reached a new level of fame in 1998 when he visited an abandoned quarantined hospital for immigrants on Ellis Island off the coast of Manhattan as well as the  Bethlehem Steel factory both which he has captured as a world lost in time. Stephens’s photographs were published into a book called Ellis Island Ghosts, which helped to raise over 6 million dollars for the restoration of the island. His work has been published and nationally recognized in The New York Times MagazineNational Geographic, Vanity Fair, and Sports IllustratedIn 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. In more recent years Stephen has embodied a new genre of stylized work called day to night. The day to night collection features one photograph built of up thousands of pictures collaborated into one. Each session can take up to 24 hours to fully capture. It captures fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of his lens over the course of full day The photographs are electronically blended together. The series has expanded past New York to several cities including Dubai, Shanghai, and Jerusalem. Wilkes has a passion and style unique to himself. His photography is all about capturing history through architecture, people, and cities across the globe. Some of Wilkes most popular day to night pictures occurred at the inauguration of President Barack Obama as well as Times Square on New Years. Wilkes has been featured on numerous segments on talk shows including CBS and CNN. Stephan Wilkes work is up for display in some of the world’s most renowned museums including; 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. Wilkes has shot pictures of natural disasters, creating heart wrenching images for the public to view such as Hurricane Katrina and Sandy. Wilkes has been hired by some of the top corporations in the world to dominate the marketing scene and attract more consumers. 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, Adobe Breakthrough Photography Award 2012 and Prix Pictet, Consumption 2014. My favorite photograph taken by Stephen Wilkes is titled Times Square, New Years Eve, NYC. It’s my favorite work of art because not only does it capture night and day, but it captures the end of a year and the birth of a new one. The picture embodies the fast contrast of New York between hours. The location of the shot is astounding capturing the iconic Times Square.

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