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Stephen Wilkes - Grizzly Bears, Bella Coola, British Columbia
Stephen Wilkes
Grizzly Bears, Bella Coola, British Columbia
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2018
50 x 92 inches

Signed, titled and editioned #1/12 on verso

Stephen Wilkes - Flamingos, Lake Bogoria, Kenya, Day to Night
Stephen Wilkes
Flamingos, Lake Bogoria, Kenya, Day to Night
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2017
50 x 94 inches

Signed, titled and numbered (edition of 12) on verso and signature label.

Stephen Wilkes - Rowe Sanctuary, Nebraska
Stephen Wilkes
Rowe Sanctuary, Nebraska
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2017
48 x 97 1/2 inches

Signed, titled and numbered (edition of 12) on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Serengeti, National Park, Tanzania
Stephen Wilkes
Serengeti, National Park, Tanzania (Day to Night)
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2015
32 x 54 inches

Signed, titled and numbered (edition of 20) on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Kumbh Mela Festival, Haridwar, India
Stephen Wilkes
Kumbh Mela Festival, Haridwar, India
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2016
48 x 71 inches

Signed, titled and numbered (edition of 12) on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Robson Bight, BC, Canada
Stephen Wilkes
Robson Bight, BC, Canada
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2016
32 x 56 inches

Signed, titled and numbered (edition of 15) on verso

Stephen Wilkes - Pont de la Tournelle, Paris - Day to Night
Stephen Wilkes
Pont de la Tournelle, Paris (Day to Night)
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2013
30 x 61 inches

Signed, titled and numbered (edition of 20) on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Western Wall, Jerusalem Israel
Stephen Wilkes
Western Wall, Jerusalem Israel
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2012
38 1/4 x 65 inches

Signed, titled and editioned # on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Park Avenue, NYC
Stephen Wilkes
Park Avenue, NYC
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2011
25 1/2 x 30 inches

Signed, titled and numbered (edition of 50) on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Washington Square Park (Day to Night)
Stephen Wilkes
Washington Square Park (Day to Night)
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2009
40 x 28 5/8 inches

Signed, titled and editioned # 7/15 on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Coney Island Boardwalk, NY
Stephen Wilkes
Coney Island Boardwalk, NY (Day to Night)
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2011
20 x 40 inches

Signed, titled and numbered (edition of 20) on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC - Day to Night
Stephen Wilkes
Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC (Day to Night)
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2016
38 x 48 3/4 inches

Signed, titled and numbered (edition of 20) on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Cherry Blossoms, National Mall & Memorial, Washington DC (Day t
Stephen Wilkes
Cherry Blossoms, National Mall & Memorial, Washington DC (Day to Night)
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2015
32 x 55 inches

Signed, titled and editioned # 1/20 on verso.

Stephen Wilkes - Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park - Day to Night
Stephen Wilkes
Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park (Day to Night)
Fuji Crystal Archival Photograph
2014
48 x 72 inches

Signed, titled and editioned # 2/12 on verso.

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Stephen Wilkes

1/2/19 - 1/23/19

Stephen Wilkes is one of the most original, contemporary photographers on the international scene. He challenges our ideas of time and space and painstakingly constructs composite panoramic photographs that transcend the moment. After being commissioned for a shoot in 1996, Wilkes came upon a discovery that helped him develop a new way of seeing the passage of time. For his renowned series Day to Night, the photographer spends up to 30 hours perched at least 50 feet in the air, shooting over a thousand frames from the same vantage point, with the goal of preserving a location from morning to nighttime in the same image. The photographer’s time-defying series, whether set in Amsterdam, the Kumbh Mela Festival in India, or New York City, offer a view of interweaving experiences inclusive of all the ranges of atmospheric color, mixed interactions, and spontaneous magical moments that life can present in one day. With this series, Wilkes records living activity in our natural and human-made landscapes, and encourages us to pause, wonder, and become cognizant of our daily collective experiences.

In 1996, Stephen Wilkes was commissioned by LIFE magazine to take a panoramic shot of the cast and crew of the film, Romeo + Juliet. Once on location, Wilkes realized the set was square, prompting him to improvise for his shot. Influenced by previously studying David Hockney’s photographic collages, Wilkes decided to create a panoramic shot through different angles and later physically pasting them together to form a single image. With this technique, he was able to capture the lead actors, engaged in a hug in one shot and kissing in the reflection of a nearby mirror in another. It’s here that Stephen Wilkes begins to bend time and maneuver the narrative in a way that would transform his methodology and shape a future path towards his acclaimed series.

Stephen Wilkes’ Day to Night series challenges the notion that a photograph has to be a static, frozen instant. Wilkes composite photographs capture a full day in the life of a specific location; the pictures act as storyboards that reveal the varied possibilities and candid moments of each. Details of an entire day’s activities are visible all at once. The photographer chooses locations that are often recognizable and relatable. Places like Coney Island, the Brooklyn Bridge or famous world capitals all serve as well-known destinations that allow us to enter the photographs and consider our experiences within these contexts. The appearance of sunlight along with the night sky test our understanding of time and suspend a non-linear image into a dreamlike state, evoking a certain feeling of déjà vu in its presence and giving the work a degree of emotional resonance.

Stephen Wilkes’ photographs embrace a hyper-reality that presents human interaction and nature in all its complexity and richness, celebrating the dynamism and vitality of life. Wilkes’ profound commitment to his methodology ultimately turns photography on its head, re-creating a world observed into one image while offering a creative, dense visual text that magnifies the ordinary day and infuses the work with a magical, inspiring narrative.

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