C+C Photography Gallery is pleased to present Day to Night: From Africa to Nantucket, a special exhibition featuring the photography of Stephen Wilkes. Opening June 6th at 30A Main Street, the gallery is honored to unveil Wilkes’ newest masterpiece from his “Day to Night” series—Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket, Day to Night, 2022. Photographed from a unique vantage point over 27 hours in August of 2022, this image captures the mesmerizing, familiar expanse that greets those rounding the point to the island. The exhibition will also feature a curated selection of some of Wilkes’ best-known works from “Day to Night,” as well as his vibrant, multiple-exposure “Tapestries” inspired by the intricate, layered patterns of the tapestries he encountered across his travels in Italy, and more.
Since opening his studio in New York City in 1983, Wilkes has built an unprecedented body of work and a reputation as one of America’s most iconic photographers. Best known for his “Day to Night” series, which he began in 2009, Wilkes creates his epic landscapes and cityscapes using a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours to capture the passage of light over the course of a full day. Taking thousands of individual photographs from an elevated vantage point, Wilkes then selects his favorite moments and carefully weaves them together over several months to produce one composite image.
An extensive scouting trip to Nantucket in early 2022 took Wilkes to every inch of the island before ultimately deciding on the ideal location for his stunning new image. From kite boarders and sailors in the far distance off the point of Coatue, to children running on the beach at Brant Point, artists carrying their canvases proud of their day’s work, to fishermen filleting their night’s catch, Wilkes has painstakingly and brilliantly captured the organic, multi-generational love affair so many people have with Nantucket.
Wilkes' “Day to Night” series has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning as well as the TED2016: Dream Conference and TED Countdown Summit in October 2020. Subjects captured in the series include landmarks in New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Paris, London, Venice, Rome, Jerusalem, Amsterdam and Shanghai, among many others. With a grant from the National Geographic Society, the collection has also extended to include studies of America’s National Parks, Bird Migration, Iconic Species, and Habitats at Risk.
Wilkes’ extensive awards and honors include the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography, Adweek Magazine's Photographer of the Year, the 2004 Lucie Award for Fine Art Photographer of the Year, TIME Magazine's Top 10 Photographs of 2012, the 2012 Sony World Photography Professional Award, the 2012 Adobe Breakthrough Photography Award, and the 2014 Prix Pictet, Consumption. His photographs are included in the collections of the George Eastman Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Dow Jones Collection, the Jewish Museum of NY, the Library of Congress, the Museum of the City of New York, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and numerous private collections. His editorial work has appeared in and on the covers of leading publications such as TheNew York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, TIME, Fortune, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and many others.