Blending Day and Night into a Single Photograph by Stephen WIlkes
In 1999 Wilkes completed a personal project photographing the unrestored areas of Ellis Island: the ruined landscape of the infectious disease and psychiatric hospital wings, where children and adults alike were detained before they could enter America. Through his photographs and video work, Wilkes has inspired and helped secure $6 million toward the restoration for the south side of the island. The monograph, Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom was published in 2006. Wilkes was featured on NPR, CBS Sunday Morning and the book was named one of Time Magazine’s 5 Best Photography Books of The Year.
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