Ellis Island: Ghosts Of Freedom by Stephen WilkesEllis Island: Ghosts Of Freedom by Stephen Wilkes

Ellis Island: Ghosts Of Freedom

byStephen WilkesForeword byBill Bradley

Hardcover | September 26, 2006

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For five years (1998-2003) New York photographer Stephen Wilkes explored the hospital complex that comprised the south side of Ellis Island. Neglected for almost fifty years, the buildings were in a state of extreme disrepair: lead paint peeled from the ceilings and walls, vines and trees grew through the floorboards, detritus and debris littered the hallways. In rooms long-abandoned, Wilkes captured a spirited new vision of this gateway to freedom. Twelve million people passed through Ellis Island. Approximately one percent were turned away for health reasons. Wilkes's powerful images of the underbelly of the island--a purgatory between freedom and captivity--ask us to reflect on the defining experiences of millions. With that rare combination of an eye that sees far beyond the lens with the technical acumen of a master draftsman, Wilkes takes us on an unforgettable journey through our collective past.
For more than two decades, Stephen Wilkes has been widely recognized for his fine art and photography. The winner of numerous honors and awards for his work, he lives in Westport, Connecticut.
Title:Ellis Island: Ghosts Of FreedomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 13.4 × 10.5 × 0.85 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780393061451

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His vivid and otherworldly photographs of the crumbling corridors and rooms, taken over five years, make up this remarkable book. — Rebecca Robertson (ArtNews)A sleeper choice for anyone who thinks a picture is worth a thousand words. — Ellen Heltzel (Good Housekeeping)If it is possible to photograph emotion housed in spaces, Wilkes has done it, creating an empathetic portrait. — Library JournalThe most unusual, thoughtful and stirring collection of images I have seen in years. — Lucy Davies (The Daily Telegraph)Wilkes takes us on a journey through our collective past. — Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley