Photographer Stephen Wilkes is recognized for his dramatic compositions of landscapes as they transition from day to night. Each of these images is crafted from over a thousand photographs taken from a fixed vantage point over the course of 15 to 30 hours, from sunrise to sunset. Wilkes spent much of 2017 on assignment documenting bird migration routes for the March 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes, at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C., premieres this suite of four images on a huge scale, along with a selection of images from his Day to Night series. Visitors can here experience a behind-the-scenes insight into all that’s involved in Wilkes’ shoots, from the research put into scouting locations, to determining how time will move through the image, and to the extensive editing process, during which Wilkes selects the best moments captured to seamlessly combine them into the finished product.
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. USA
February 13, 2018 to April 22, 2018