Born 1957 in New York, Wilkes opened a studio in New York City in 1983 and became widely recognized for his fine art, editorial and commercial work. Although not principally known for art nude his work does include a few examples.

A one-day assignment to the south side of Ellis Island led to a 5-year photographic study of the island’s long abandoned medical wards where immigrants were detained before they could enter America. A monograph based on the work, Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom, was published in 2006 and was named one of TIME magazine’s 5 Best Photography Books of the Year.

His editorial work has appeared in leading publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time, Fortune, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and many others.


All images © Stephen Wilkes