Stephen Wilkes Exhibit in Paris

Santa Monica Pier, LA by Stephen Wilkes

Toronto. Galerie GADCOLLECTION in Paris, France is featuring an exhibition called “Day to Night“. The exhibit runs from October 12 to November 5th. The images in this exhibition are the work of Stephen Wilkes.

The following words (edited) are from the GADCOLLECTION web site:

American Stephen WILKES was born in 1957. He began to photograph when he was 12 years old, a passion which never left him. WILKES studied at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He graduated with a bachelor of science in photography. Specialized in communication, the school allowed him to develop a deep understanding of the media’s history and uses. He opened his studio in New York City in 1983 and has kept on photographing to this day.

WILKES photographs for commercials, publishers, himself and above all for others. His photos are made to be shown to the largest audience possible. They testify to a high degree of self-abnegation, so much so that he does not hesitate to dedicate his time and effort to photographic projects which he feels are important; works able to change our perception of the world; to provoke reactions. In 1998, a one-day assignment to the south side of Ellis Island led to a 5-year photographic project. This project resulted in a 2006 book called  Ghosts of Freedom. He did a photo and video study about this abandoned place – medical wards where immigrants were detained (they underwent tests there and were quarantined before being allowed to enter America). Broadly speaking, Stephen WILKES’ photos helped to move the lines. Thanks to his work, $6 million were provided to restore the south side of the island.

In a different approach, the recent series Day to night started in 2009. The work gathers in a single photograph the images captured during an entire day. A long and difficult work, each finished image sublimates landscapes and architectures, carefully chosen by Stephen WILKES. Each image in  this  tour de force requires a digital treatment of an average of 100 photos during a shooting session of over 24 hours. Some 1400 photos in all were taken for this project.

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