Photographer Platon (Platon) - Half-Englishman, half-Greek. Maybe it helps him in his work to comply with the balance between detachment, distance, and found true interest in people. During his career, he took all the leading politicians, actors, musicians - and, despite the obvious irony of his gaze, almost no one denies his motion.
For Time Magazine named Vladimir Putin "Person of the Year," Plato was sent to Moscow to get a picture on the cover. On the job he coped brilliantly - his pictures have caused a stormy debate in the national press, and World Press Photo awarded him first prize in the category "Portrait."
Plato's most famous photographs were taken close-ups, but also had success and some of his shots taken with wide angle lens. For example, the snapshot above, which chronicled Bill Clinton (Bill Clinton). Shooting with the lowest point and the position of the hands of Bill Clinton's picture on her knees doing the bulk and at the same time not distracting. By the way, after this shot for the magazine "Esquire" he received wide acclaim.
However, most of the recognizable images of Plato were taken with a telephoto lens. These photographs, focusing attention on the character's face, allow a different angle to look at a person in the frame.
Photographers are not interested in challenging lighting designs or intricate composition. Most of all he is interested in personality, which is before the lens, and the fact that he or she can show a special one-hundredth of a second. Most of the time, Plato focuses on the personal contact with its object, not the production of light.
As he mentioned in his video interview, the actions dedicated to photography, occupy only three percent of the time in his work, and everything else that is dedicated to pull out the true identity of the person in the frame.
Now Plato is a staff photographer for "The New Yorker", but among his clients meet and other publications, including "Vanity Fair", "Rolling Stone", "Time" and "GQ".
At the moment of his most ambitious project is likely to be a project "Portraits of Power". In September 2009, when the presidents, prime ministers and dictators around the world gathered in New York at the UN General Assembly, Plato opened a temporary photo studio to record a person's most powerful men and women in the world.
The result was a photograph, as fascinating as the person presented to them. Only in these pictures these individuals appear in a new light. Some of these works can be seen on the website of the journal (New Yorker) , With interesting commentary of Plato himself. All images in this series can also be found in the recently published book "Power: Portraits of world leaders".
To make a portrait picture of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who was named "Person of the Year" in the magazine "Time" in 2007, Plato had to endure the cold Russian winter, the harsh Russian FSOshnikov and many hours of uncertainty, to result in a few minutes with the former Russian president, who had never participated in a formal portrait photo shoot.
These pictures of famous personalities and politicians produce a strong effect, since they do not glorify the characters in the picture. Instead, the photographer deliberately tear the mask from celebrities to show their inner essence. Not surprisingly, the audience inevitably look at these pictures again and again.
Pleton also worked with the less well-known personalities and themes. For example, in 2007 he made a series of photographs of Burmese refugees living in Thailand. Photographer shooting people, each of which is somehow affected by the current Burmese regime. In the photo captures the steam Tau, a land mine blast victim
In 2008, the photographer took a series of photographs of American soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the photo captured the son of Sergeant John McKay, a veteran of Iraq. In addition, a photographer working on the theme of the American civil rights movement, and for the magazine "New Yorker".
Some have criticized Plato for a fairly uniform style, however, this criticism pales in comparison to the kind of work he has done, photographed so many great personalities. It is, quite literally, depicts the character of the story.