Stephen Wilkes



New York, New York


1976 - 1980

Bachelor of Science

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

Major: Photography

Concentration; Business Communications

Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University


American Photography, Selected Winner, 2014, 2015, 2017,2018

PDN Award of Excellence, Advertising, 2018

Prix Pictet, Consumption, Honorable Mention, 2015

PDN Award of Excellence, Photojournalism, Vanity Fair 2014

PDN Award of Excellence, Photojournalism, Sandy 2013

PDN Award of Excellence, Fine Art, Day to Night Shanghai 2013

Time Magazine Top 10 Photographers of 2012

Communication Arts Photography Award of Excellence 2012, 2013

Sony World Photography Professional Award, 2012

Adobe Breakthrough Photography Award, 2012

Photo District News Award of Excellence, 2011

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Fine Art Series 2nd Place & 3rd Place, Photojournalism 2010

World in Focus PDN, Portraits/Sense of Place 1st, Place, 2008

Prix De La Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention; Human Condition, 2007

Lucie Awards 1st. Place, Professional Photographer, Editorial, The Rise of Big Water, 2007

Lucie Awards 1st. Place, Fine Art, Ellis Island: Ghost of Freedom Lucie Awards, 2007

American Photography, Award of Excellence, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

Photo District News Award of Excellence:  2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010

Graphis, 1992

The Art Directors Club Distinctive Merit, 1992

Communication Arts Award of Excellence 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010,

Epson Creativity Award, 2004

Lucie Award Fine Art Photographer of the Year, 2004

Adweek Magazine Photographer of the Year, 1992

Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography, 2000

Solo Exhibitions

Day to Night:  Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield, CT 2018

Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes, National Geographic Museum, Washington, DC 2018

Day to Night, Galerie GADCOLLECTION, Paris, France, October 2017

Day to Night, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, NY, September 2017

Ellis Island Ghosts of Freedom, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca. March 2017

Day to Night, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA. August 2016

Day to Night, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, NY, November 2015

Remnants, Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM, 2015

Day to Night, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, September 2014

Bethlehem Steel, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, PA 2013

Day to Night, Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM, April 2012

Connecticut Responds & Reflects: 9/11, Fairfield Museum, Fairfield, CT, September 2011

Day to Night, Clampart Gallery, New York, NY, September 2011

Nu-Art Link Gallery, China, Westport, CT, November 2010

James A. Michener Art Museum, Ellis Island, Doylestown, PA, June 2010

Steuben Glass Gallery, Ellis Island, New York, NY, November 2009

Monroe Gallery of Photography, China, Santa Fe, NM, October 2008

Fairfield Museum, Images, Fairfield, CT, April 2009

The Construction of the Olympic Stadium and other Chinese Public Works, ClampArt, New York, NY, June 2008

China, David Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, January 2008

Stephen Wilkes, Ellis Island, Chicago Cultural Arts, Chicago, IL, July 2008

Stephen Wilkes, Ellis Island, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, January 2008

Stephen Wilkes, China, ClampArt, New York, NY, April 2007

Stephen Wilkes, Ellis Island, ClampArt, New York, NY, April 2007

Ellis Island Revisited, Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM, 2006

Ellis Island Revisited, David Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2006

In Katrina’s Wake, World Monuments Fund Gallery, New York, NY, 2006

Bethlehem Steel, Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM, 2005

Bethlehem Steel, Apex Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2004

Ellis Island, Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM, 2004

Ellis Island, Apex Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2003

The Female Form on the Lava Beds of Hawaii, Soho Triad Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2002

Ellis Island, Soho Triad Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2001

America in Detail, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, 2000

Group Exhibitions

Who Shot Sports: A photographic History, 1843 - Present, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 2017

Arts in Embassies: Ottawa, Canada, 2015

Annenberg Space for Photography, Sink or Swim, Designing for a Sea of Change, December, 2014

Museum of the City of New York, Rising Waters, Photographs of Hurricane Sandy, 2013-2014

Peter Fetterman Gallery, Forever Young, The Art of Music Photography, 2012

Florence Lynch Gallery, Hypertexture, New York, NY, 2004

Soho Triad Fine Arts, Summer Works, New York, NY, 2000

George Eastman House: The Art of Persuasion, Rochester, NY, 1992


George Eastman House International Museum of Film and Photography

Dow Jones Collection

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Library of Congress

Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation

Griffin Museum of Photography

Jewish Museum New York

Barclays Bank Corporate Collection

James A. Michener Art Museum

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Museum of the City of New York

Snite Museum of Art

9/11 Memorial Museum

New Mexico Arts Division, Department of Cultural Affairs

Professional Memberships

The Newhouse Advisory Board

The Goldring Journalism Arts Program

Fairfield Museum Advisory Board

Save Ellis Island, Board of Directors

Teaching Experience

School of Visual Arts, May 2017

Xposure International Photography Festival, 2016

Ted Talk Dream Conference, 2016

Greg Gorman Digital Photographic Workshop, 2014

James A Michener Art Museum Lecturer, 2010

The George Eastman International Museum of Film and Photography, 2009

Palm Springs Photo Festival 2008, 2011, 2013

ICP Guest Lecturer, 2007

Hallmark Institute of Photography, 2007

Photo Plus Expo East, 2000 - present

Eddie Adams Workshop, 2000 - present

Maine Photographic Workshop 1988, 1999


Photo Magazine, Paris, March 2018

Artsy Magazine, July, 2016

Travel & Leisure, October, 2017

Wall Street Journal, September, 2017

Time Magazine, August, 2017

Bloomberg Businessweek, April , 2017,

Smithsonian Magazine, June , 2017

National Geographic, January, 2016

National Geographic, March, 2015

National Geographic, September, 2015  

The New York Times Magazine, June, 2015

ESPN, February, 2015

Time Magazine, December, 2014

Time Magazine, September, 2014

Vanity Fair, July, 2014

Vanity Fair, May, 2014

Fortune Magazine, June, 2014

Time Magazine, March, 2014

New York Times Magazine, March, 2014

Fortune Magazine, January, 2014

Time Magazine, November, 2013

Vanity Fair, September, 2013

NY Daily News, August, 2013

Huffington Post, August, 2013

New York Times Magazine, May, 2013

Forbes Magazine, Spain, May, 2013

Fortune Magazine, March, 2013

Better Photography, Mumbai, February, 2013

Time Magazine, December, 2012

CBS Sunday Morning, November, 2012

Digital Photo Pro, November, 2012

Weston Magazine Group, November, 2012

Time Magazine, November, 2012

FotoMagazine, October, 2012

Fortune Magazine, June, 2012

Picame, June, 2012

Digital Journal May, 2012

Fortune Magazine, January, 2012

National Geographic, Story: City Solutions, December, 2011

The Telegraph Online, December, 2011

Oggi, December, 2011

Icon, November, 2011

Flavorwire, September, 2011

Daily Telegraph, September, 2011

Huffington Post, September, 2011

photograph magazine September, 2011

Photo District News, September, 2011

The Sun UK, September, 2011

The Village Voice, September, 2011

New York Magazine, September 5-12, 2011

The New York Times Magazine, September 18, 2011

Fortune Magazine May, 2011

Venü, November/December, 2010

TIME Magazine August 2, 2010

Conde Nast Traveler August, 2010

Communication Arts August, 2010

Fortune Magazine May, 2010

Fast Company Magazine April, 2010

SPREAD ArtCulture Issue 5, 2010

Shanghai: A History in Photographs, 2010

New York Magazine,December, 2009

Newsweek Magazine December, 2009

American Photographer 25 Award of Excellence, December 2009

New York Times Magazine, The Green Issue, Cover, April 16, 2009

New York Magazine, June 24, 2009

SPREAD ArtCulture, Issue 4 2009

Vanity Fair, August, 2009

Vanity Fair, June, 2009

Vanity Fair, Madoff’s World, April, 2009

The Magazine, Volume XVI, Number IV, November, 2008

Exit Magazine, Madrid, Spain, October, 2008

Albuquerque Journal, October, 2008

Santa Fe Reporter, October, 2008

Pasatiempo, The Santa Fe New Mexican, October 3-9, 2008

The Outlook Magazine: China, August, 2008

Life Magazine; China August 2008

Design Arts Daily: Still Life: China’s Modernization, August, 2008

The Week, August, 2008, August, 2008

New York Magazine On line, August, 2008

Readers Digest, August, 2008

L’Illustre France, August, 2008

Vanity Fair, August, 2008

French “Photo”, June, 2008

The Village Voice, June, 2008

National Geographic, May, 2008

Focus Magazine, April, 2008

MetroWest Daily New, Gates Publications, February, 2008

The Boston Globe, February, 2008

Los Angeles Times, February, 2008

Art in America, December, 2007

National Geographic, September, 2007

Communication Arts, August, 2004 – 2008

Vanity Fair, April, 2007

Play Magazine, The New York Times, March, 2007

Forbes Magazine, November, 2006

American Photographer, December, 2006

Time Magazine, December 18, 2006

The Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2006

The London Daily Telegraph, August, 2006

Interior Design, September, 2006

ARTnews, October, 2006

Journal of the Print World, Spring, 2006

Pasatiempo, October 14 -20, 2005

The Albuquerque North, October 3, 2004

The Santa Fe New Mexican, October 14, 2005

The Santa Fe New Mexican, October 8, 2004

Pasatiempo, October 1-7, 2004

Studio Photography & Design, May, 2004

Photo Insider, January, 2003

Art Scene, February, 2003

The Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2003

Westport Magazine, November, 2001

The New York Times, June 8, 2001

Communication Arts, March/April, 2001

Life Magazine, Spring, 2000

Life Magazine Spring, 1998

Photo District, News October, 2000

The New York Times Magazine, March 22, 1998

The New York Times Magazine, November 21, 1993

The San Diego Union, December 29, 1987

Photo District News, February 1998

International Photography Issue # 1, 1988

Photo District News, 1988

Studio Light, Issue #2, 1987


Day to Night, TASCHEN , 2018

Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom, W.W. Norton 2006

California One, The Pacific Coast Highway, Friendly Press 1987

Group Publications

Consumption: Prix Pictet, 2013

The Human Face of Big Data, 2012

Condé Nast Traveler: Photographs, 2012

The New York Times Magazine: Photographs, 2011

New York: A Photographer's City, 2011

The Art of Persuasion: A History of Advertising Photography, 1988




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