STEPHEN WILKES (American b. 1957)
Stephen Wilkes 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Wilkes’ 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.
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