Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Ghosts of Freedom

By Stephen Wilkes; Stephen Wilkes (Photographer); Bill Bradley (Introduction by)

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393061451, 141pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2006

Description
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.


About the Author
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.

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.

Bill Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979-1997 representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Before serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967-1977 during which time they won two NBA championships. Bradley is the author of six books on American politics, culture, and economy, including Time Present, Time Past, The New American Story, and Values of the Game all New York Times bestsellers. Currently, Senator Bradley is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC and the host of American Voices, a weekly show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio that highlights the remarkable accomplishments of Americans both famous and unknown.