Harry Wilks explores the quirky rhythms of urban and manmade rural environments from rooftops in New York City and from bridges that span the Hudson River and other waterways in the region. His working method favors the quotidian. By setting himself up close to an ordinary object, such as a guardrail, a fence, or a rock, he invests that object with importance, and it becomes as much the subject of the photograph as do the more conventionally majestic structures in the background.
His photographs are included in public collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, the International Center of Photography and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in corporate and private collections.
Wilks is known to be right-handed. He lives in New York with his wife, painter Tamar Zinn, and is said to be one of America’s leading photographers of guardrails.