Speaker Platon


Master Storyteller and Award-Winning Photographer

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Platon’s Key Accomplishments Include…

Having one’s portrait taken is an intimate experience. As Shakespeare put it, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” For acclaimed photographer Platon, it is both an intimate collaboration and a visual interview—both in front of and behind the camera. Having photographed world leaders, celebrities, our men and women in the military, civil rights leaders and human rights champions, Platon seeks to answer the question, “Who is this person?” A gifted communicator and storyteller, he now shares with audiences some of the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind the photos that will take your audience on a roller coaster of emotions—from laughter to tears.

His photographic portraits have graced the world’s most influential magazines including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and The Sunday Times. Platon developed a special relationship with TIME magazine, producing over 25 cover photos. In 2007, he photographed then-Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for TIME’s Person of the Year cover—winning him 1st prize at the World Press Photo Contest. In 2008, he became the staff photographer for The New Yorker, where he has produced a series of large-scale photo essays which include President Obama’s inauguration,images of the U.S. military, portraits of world leaders, the civil rights movement and the emergence of civil society in Russia which earned him a Peabody Award. He has published two monographs including Power (2011), an unprecedented anthology of 120 intimate portraits of world leaders including Barack Obama, Muammar Gaddafi, Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Tony Blair and Silvio Berlusconi. In this one-of-a-kind collection, Platon turned his lens on over 100 international leaders from across the political spectrum to create a profound portrait of global power. Shot over a three-year period at the United Nations, and captured with unique candor and insight, these photographs offer an intimate glimpse of the personalities behind the public faces of the world’s most powerful decision-makers.

In 2009, Platon teamed up with the Human Rights Watch to help them celebrate those who fight for equality and justice in countries suppressed by political forces. His projects highlight human rights defenders from Burma as well as the leaders of the Egyptian revolution. His passionate and spellbinding stories will have audiences holding their breath. He recounts photographing Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, just days after her release from house arrest, for the cover of TIME—the photo shoot ended with a 9-hour car chase as he was fleeing the country to bring the film back to the U.S. In the summer of 2014, he photographed Edward Snowden in Moscow for his exclusive interview with Wired magazine – a project which took almost a year to put together with the utmost secrecy and resulted in the cover photo of Snowden holding the American flag. His presentation promises to leave your audience wanting more from this master of his craft.

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