Stephen Wiltshire has been nicknamed 'The Human Camera' because of his incredible ability to draw from memory a cityscape after seeing it just once. Some of his most famous works were produced after a single twenty-minute helicopter ride above cities like London, NYC or Tokyo. His 32-foot-long rendering of the latter took him 7 days, and reaches a level of detail that could only be matched by computers. When Stephen flew over Rome, he drew the exact number of columns in the Pantheon.
Born in London in 1974, he stayed mute for a number of years and was diagnosed as autistic at the age of three. His interest in drawing became obvious and his extraordinary talent was picked up by Queensmill School in London from a very early age. Aged eight, his focus was mainly cityscapes and old American cars. Stephen's first word was "paper", his teachers encouraging him to ask for his art supplies whenever they would withdraw them from him. He could speak fully at the age of nine.
Numerous books and shows related Stephen Wiltshire's art and story since 1987 (BBC's "The Foolish Wise Ones" and "Fragments of Genius"). His own book "Floating Cities" was a number one best-seller in 1991.
Today Stephen's work is still being exhibited in venues all over the world, and he opened his permanent gallery in London in 2006. He also sells his art on his website, currently a beautiful 10th Anniversary Special Limited Edition of 50 copies, handsigned by the artist.
All photos © Stephen Wiltshire