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 31, Selected Winner, 2015

PDN Award of Excellence, Photojournalism, Vanity Fair 2014

American Photography 30, 2014

Prix Pictet, Consumption, Honorable Mention, 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, 2014

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

Monroe Gallery of Photography, Remnants, October 2015

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, Day to Night, November 2015

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

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem Steel, Pennsylvania 2013

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

Fairfield Museum , Connecticut Responds 9/11, September  2011

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

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

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

Steuben Glass Gallery, NYC Ellis Island. November 2009

Monroe Gallery of Photography, China, Santa Fe, New Mexico October 2008

Fairfield Museum, Images, April 2009

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

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

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

Grifffin Museum of Photography, Stephen Wilkes, Ellis Island, January 2008

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

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

Monroe Gallery of Photography, Ellis Island Revisited, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2006

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

World Monuments Fund Gallery, In Katrina’s Wake, New York, N.Y. 2006

Monroe Gallery of Photography, Bethlehem Steel, Santa Fe New Mexico, 2005

Apex Fine Art, Bethlehem Steel, Los Angeles, Ca. 2004

Monroe Gallery of Photography, Ellis Island, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2004

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

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

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

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


Group Exhibitions

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, N.Y.  2004

Soho Triad Fine Arts, Summer Works, New York, N.Y.   2000

George Eastman House: The Art of Persuasion, Rochester New York 1992



 Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation  

George Eastman House International Museum of Film and Photography

Dow Jones Collection

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Library of Congress

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

Numerous Personal Collections


Professional Memberships

The Newhouse Advisory Board

The Goldring Journalism Arts Program

Canon Explorer of Light

Fairfield Museum Advisory Board

Save Ellis Island, Board of Directors 1998- 2015


Teaching Experience

Greg Gorman Digital Photographic Workshop, 2014

Santa Fe Photo Workshop 2010

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



National Geographic, August 2015

New York Times Magazine, August 2015

Maniere de voir, June 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 December 2009 Award of Excellence

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 April 2009 Madoff’s World

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



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

California One, The Pacific Coast Highway, Friendly Press 1987


Group Publications

Consumption: Prix Pictet, 2013

Art on the Block, 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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