Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Man Behind the Camera

by Karen Carino

Born in London, England in 1968, Platon has established himself as a world renowned photographer. If you are someone like me, who is passionate about photography or who is familiar with his work, seeing his name on the list of guests attending PTK Catalyst 2017 is exciting! He has shot portraits for various publications that include Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, and the Sunday Times Magazine. Due to his unparalleled talent, Platon has also produced over twenty covers for Times Magazine, including the 2007 issue of Person of the Year that featured Russian Premier Vladimir Putin. The year after, Platon signed a multi-year contract with the New Yorker as a staff photographer, and his portfolio there has focused on themes which include the U.S Military, portraits of world leaders and the Civil Rights Movement. He even teamed up with Human Rights Watch in 2009 to help them celebrate those who fight for equality and justice. Platon is not only a a photographer, but a storyteller through his photos, and I am beyond excited to get to hear him speak, but what I am most looking forward to hearing about is his non-profit foundation “The People’s Portfolio” that aims to create a visual language that will break many barriers, and supports human rights around the world with the help of the public. To be able to get to hear him go into depth about how this non-profit came about and how being a world renowned photographer has impacted him will be an amazing experience and I cannot wait! In the meantime, if you would like to like to learn more about Platon, I would recommend looking at his website: and then clicking on his biography, as that is where I have gotten to learn more about who he is and where I have gotten my information from. But also, do not forget to check out his amazing work, you won’t regret it!

"Platon." Platon. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017. 

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