He tours the world on private jets. He parties with rockstars. He really, really likes beer. Sure, noted music photographer Grady Brannan has plenty in common with the rawkus and rowdy deejays, singers and rappers he shoots, but the NorCal native didn’t take the conventional path to art and Internet fame.
Stephen Wilkes’s enthusiasm is infectious. The New York-born photographer describes his diverse field experiences with equal zeal, whether capturing an undulating cloud of sandhill cranes in Nebraska, which he calls “one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever witnessed,” or documenting Scotland’s Bass Rock while surrounded by bird guano.