National Geographic Live — Day to Night

Can a photograph inspire and create change? For photographer Stephen Wilkes, his 5-year photographic study of Ellis Island’s long abandoned medical wards helped secure $6 million toward the restoration of the south side of the island. His work documenting the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy has brought heightened awareness to the realities of global climate change. In this presentation, he’ll take you behind the scenes of his most defining project, Day to Night. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of his lens over the course of a full day. Stephen will discuss the months-long process of turning 1,500 photographs into a single image.

National Geographic

Dates and Tickets

  • 19 May (Sun) 2019 2:00PM
  • 20 May (Mon) 2019 7:30PM
  • 21 May (Tue) 2019 7:30PM

Running time

2 hours

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Series Sponsor

Sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine