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