Platon's Unflinching Photos of War and Its Cost - Feature Shoot

Platon is an internationally-esteemed photographer. Widely known - especially for his intensely intimate portraits of world leaders - his work blends the political with the personal, resulting in striking images with tangible sociopolitical consequences b

In Service, a new photobook published by Prestel, Platon presents a collection of images which explores the wide-ranging and often surprising effects of war on soldiers, on families, and on society at large. It is a comprehensive study which moves from the surreal to the brutal to the tragic, a dizzying survey of the scale of war.

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What Patriotism Means to Those Who Fight

"I wanted to focus on a different kind of power, something more authentic."

“I’ve experienced all the handlers you can imagine and all the egos and authority and power,” Platon tells TIME. “I wanted to focus on a different kind of power, something more authentic.”

The Lives of American Soldiers, Before and After War

For his series “Service,” the photographer Platon followed military members training to fight in Iraq, then visited with them again when they returned home.

When Platon first arrived at The New Yorker as a staff photographer, in 2008, the magazine was redoubling its editorial attention to the war in Iraq

Germany: Service by Platon at Jablonka Galerie – The Eye of Photography

“Service” took many weeks to develop but Platon’s enthusiasm for the project never faltered. He rose to each photographic challenge, no matter what difficulties a shoot presented. Like a house being built, stone by stone, the photographs were crafted into a sequence of spreads that in the end added up to an exceptional essay. Access was difficult, shoot times often limited, and making each spread unique instead of repetitive was a great challenge. In addition to portraiture for which Platon is well known, he took documentary images, and even some still-lives. In the end the New Yorker published a series 16 pages and won a National Magazine Award for it. Bravo Platon!

About that Rand Paul Cover Photo...

 An interview with Platon, who photographed this issue's cover with Rand Paul, discussing the experience, his art, plus various portraits throughout. 

To be able to give someone the chance to express themselves, to tell their story on a platform that they would never normally get. And in doing so, that platform shifts how we see the times that we are living in. So that really is my mission

Studio Visit: Platon’s Greece

The photographer Platon is known for his portraits of powerful leaders such as Vladimir Putin and world-changing figures such as the Little Rock Nine. But …

As part of the celebration of Photo Booth’s redesign this week, here is the first installment of a new video series of studio visits with photographers. Below is a behind-the-scenes look at Platon’s “Greece,” which will be exhibited for the first time at Colette, in Paris, this November.

Photographer Platon Describes How He Evaded Burma's Secret Police | PDNPulse

TIME magazine’s new cover story looks at the life of Nobel Prize-winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi since Burma’s military regime released her from house arrest in November. has a video interview with photographer Platon, who describes the lengths he and r

The most astonishing thing about opening your first box of Kodachromes was discovering that in fact, your lenses really WERE sharp. Somehow the film was just waiting to etch those images in a way no other film could do. It was just a joy (when you didn’t screw up in the field) to open up and scan quickly through a box just back from the lab.

Portraits of Power

In 1976, Richard Avedon went to Washington to photograph Henry Kissinger. As Avedon was leading him to his mark, Kissinger said, “Be kind to me.”Artists have been making portraits of the mighty for centuries—from Velázquez’s Philip IV to Lucian Freud’s El

This past September, when nearly all the world’s leaders were in New York for a meeting of the United Nations, Platon, a staff photographer for this magazine, set up a tiny studio off the floor of the General Assembly, and tried to hustle as many of them in front of his lens as possible. For months, members of the magazine’s staff had been writing letters to various governments and embassies, but the project was a five-day-long improvisation, with Platon doing his best to lure the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chávez, and Muammar Qaddafi to his camera.

Platon Audio « Vincent Laforet’s Blog

Here is the long promised audio from Platon’s speech at the Eddie Adams Workshop from a few weeks ago.  It’s well worth a listen.

Check it out here.