Podcast: Time Vector—Day to Night, with Stephen and Bette Wilkes


The “Day to Night” series that Stephen Wilkes has been working on for several years has received much-deserved attention and has grown from its New York roots to encompass locations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. These photographs, which capture a full 24-hour cycle in one frame are awe-inspiring when viewed as a whole; fascinating when analyzed in detail, and monumental when considered as a production.

On today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we speak with Stephen Wilkes and Bette Wilkes, his wife, business manager, and the behind-the-scenes producer of these incredible photographs. Our conversation is easy-going and bounces back and forth between Mr. and Ms. Wilkes, emphasizing their intertwined working relationship. With Mr. Wilkes, we speak of the genesis of the project and the influences he finds in the paintings of the Dutch Masters and the Hudson River School. We also discuss his process, which is both physically and technically demanding. He speaks of a desire to “get lost” in the moment and ultimately how his images are “a representation of his memory” from the day and place. With Ms. Wilkes, we speak of the knotty and time-consuming process of arranging a shoot that will last more than twenty-four continuous hours in some of the world’s busiest and most desolate locations.

We discuss many photographs, but concentrate on two images from the “Day to Night” series to highlight their complicated productions—the first is a photograph of New York City’s Flatiron Building and, in the second half of the show, we visit a watering hole in the Serengeti Plain. To see these images, please visit our website, and, if you are in Washington D.C. prior to April 29, 2018, check out the “Day to Night” exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, and keep your eye out for the upcoming book, to be published by Taschen.

Guests: Stephen Wilkes and Bette Wilkes

The Highline, New York City © Stephen Wilkes
Times Square, New York City © Stephen Wilkes
The Flatiron Building, New York City © Stephen Wilkes
Coney Island, New York City © Stephen Wilkes
Santa Monica Pier © Stephen Wilkes
The Western Wall, Jerusalem © Stephen Wilkes
Inauguration Day, 2013, Washington D.C. © Stephen Wilkes
Yosemite National Park, California © Stephen Wilkes
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Stephen Wilkes
The Grand Canyon © Stephen Wilkes
Regata Storica, Venice, Italy © Stephen Wilkes
Stephen Wilkes © John Harris
Bette Wilkes © John Harris
Stephen and Bette Wilkes © John Harris
Bette Wilkes, Allan Weitz, and Stephen Wilkes © John Harris



Host: Allan Weitz

Senior Creative Producer: John Harris

Producer: Jason Tables

Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves