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Stephen Wilkes: Behind the scenes video with the photographer behind "Day to Night"

11/12/2012 ISO 1200 Magazine 2 Comments

Stephen Wilkes’ photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation and featured in the New York Times Magazine, Life, Time, Parade, London Sunday Times, and Travel + Leisure. In 2000, Epson America commissioned Wilkes to create a millennial portrait of the United States, a 52-day odyssey that resulted in a critically acclaimed exhibition that traveled to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. His book Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom (W.W. Norton) was published in 2006. Wilkes was featured on Weekend Edition with Scott Simon of NPR and the book received high critical acclaim including Time Magazine’s 5 Best Photography Books of The Year 2006.

Educated at Syracuse University's S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, 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, and the Epson Creativity Award. Wilkes’ work is in the permanent collection of the International Museum of Photography in the George Eastman House.

In 1999 Wilkes completed a personal project photographing the south side of Ellis Island: the ruined landscape of the infectious disease and psychiatric hospital wings, where children and adults alike were detained before they could enter America. Through his photographs and video work, Wilkes has inspired and helped secure $6 million in funding towards the restoration for the south side of the island.

Ellis Island in 1905

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Wilkes also shoots advertising campaigns for many of the country's leading agencies and corporations, including Verizon, IBM, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Pepsi, American Express, Nike, Sony, AT&T, Rolex, J. Walter Thompson, McCann Erickson, Ogilvy & Mather, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Publicis, EuroRSCG, Leo Burnett, DDB, and Rubin Postaer among others.

Wilkes is currently represented by Clampart Galley in New York, and Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe. His photographs can be found on permanent collection at The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film, Library of Congress, Dow Jones Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Jewish Museum, New York.


Excited to be shooting a new Day to Night image; another beautiful day in New York!
The CBS Sunday Morning crew and I flew high in the Condor over Central Park at yesterday's Day to Night shoot. Thanks to everyone involved for a great shoot.
DIY TRIPOD:Another perfect day in New York, I'm excited to be shooting my latest Day to Night photograph. TGIF!
Great day & night at the Santa Monica Pier. Thanks to Peter Fetterman for tweeting about this.
First 5 hours of shooting and enjoying every moment!
A close friend snapped this photo just as the sun was setting in Jerusalem during my Day to Night shoot.

I am so incredibly thankful for your kindness and support.
Thank you to everyone who took a few minutes to watch my segment.


A time lapse  recorded while photographing the Coney Island boardwalk for his "Day to Night™" series

The Final Image

Credits:  CBS Video via | Images via and Stephen Wilkes


Brian Braun said...

Fantastic. Thank you for posting. Always wondered exactly his process. Any idea what that camera is he is shooting. looks almost like large format with a phase one back.

Great post!


Hi Brian. Yes, I had the same question about his process.

About the camera, I think is Linhof 4x5 view camera with 28mm lens and digital back.

I am not sure, but maybe he uses a Linhof Techno.