While street photography isn't all I do, it has long been a love of mine.
Although I’m not fond of the series/project format for photography, I have rather unconsciously compiled one around the experience of Atlantic City, New Jersey.. Simply because of its strong sense of place and the people I see there.
Atlantic City isn’t a microcosm of anything. Its culture is unique, in a mainly unflattering way.
At any given time, its population is largely comprised of the super rich, the super poor, and the super average who come to gamble -- and those who make a meager living serving them.
Originally scratch-built as our country’s first seashore resort, the ocean now is little more than an afterthought. Atlantic City’s several-mile stretch of seashore is practically devoid of bathers. Signs remind boardwalkers that the ocean is only a few hundred feet away.
The rich brush elbows with the destitute. Ornate casinos sit directly beside row house squalor. Hints of the grandeur that was can be glimpsed through the crumbling architecture that still stands. The boardwalk is a constant parade. Boardwalk beggars. Boardwalk freaks. Boardwalk egos. Boardwalk prey.
Jeff Wiles’ edgy composites and “street” genre photographs have earned him numerous awards, exhibitions, and publication.
Jeff’s work has been included in six Pennsylvania “Art of the State” exhibitions (including three pieces selected for the 2017 exhibit); juried exhibits at the New York Center for Photographic Arts, NYC; Darkroom Gallery, Vermont; PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont; the Pennsylvania Center for Photography; the Southeast Center for Photography; the Midwest Center for Photography; and "PhotoNational" at the Lancaster, Pa., Museum of Art; and numerous solo showings.
Jeff is a Black and White magazine 2018 Single Image Contest winner in three categories, including People's Choice Award winner in the Digital Manipulation category. He was named a winner in two categories of Black and White magazine's 2017 Single Issue Competition and was "spotlighted" in the October 2017 issue.
In 2015, he was named by BW Gallerist as one of the top ten “Best of the Best” Emerging Fine Art Photographers and was a top ten finisher in “The Photo Review” 2015 international contest.
He has received numerous awards and prizes in local and international competitions, including The Photo Review International Photography Competition; Black & White magazine; Photographer’s Forum magazine; the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College; the Art Association of Harrisburg; The Susquehanna Art Museum; the Milton S. Hershey Museum and Gallery; Plein Air Camp Hill; and Photoworkshop.com.
His photos have been published in Black & White, SHOTS, COLOR, Photographer’s Forum, and AfterCapture magazines, “The Washington Post”, and YourDailyPhotograph.com. He was awarded fourth place in the Photographer’s Forum magazine 2014 annual international competition which included over 10,000 entries and received a Merit Award in the Black & White 2014 portfolio contest.
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