Sunday, September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
After working for British Vogue for several years, Platon was invited to NYC to work for the late John Kennedy Jr. and his political magazine, 'George.’
Shooting portraits for a range of international publications including Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and the Sunday Times Magazine, Platon developed a special relationship with Time magazine, producing over 20 covers for them. In 2007, he photographed Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for Time Magazine's Person Of The Year cover. This image was awarded 1st prize at the World Press Photo Contest.
In 2008 he signed a multi-year contract with the New Yorker. As the staff photographer, he has produced several large-scale photo essays, two of which won ASME Awards in 2009 and 2010. Platon's New Yorker portfolios have focused on themes including the U.S Military, portraits of world leaders and the Civil Rights Movement.
In 2009, Platon teamed up with Human Rights Watch to help them celebrate those who fight for equality and justice in countries suppressed by political forces. These projects have highlighted human rights defenders from Burma as well as the leaders of the Egyptian revolution. Following his coverage of Burma, Platon photographed Aung San Suu Kyi for the cover of Time - days after her release from house arrest. In 2011, Platon was honored with a Peabody Award for collaboration on the topic of Russia's Civil Society with The New Yorker magazine and Human Rights Watch.
Platon has published four book of his work: PLATON’S REPUBLIC [Phaidon Press, 2004], a retrospective of his early work; POWER [Chronicle, 2011], one hundred portraits of the world’s most powerful leaders; CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS [The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015], in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and SERVICE [Prestel, 2016], dedicated to the men and women in the United States Military, their physical and psychological wounds, their extraordinary valor, and the fierce emotions that surround those who serve.
Platon is a communicator and storyteller and is represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau. He has been invited to be a keynote speaker on leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chanel, Nike, Yale University, Oxford University, Wharton University, the National Portrait Gallery in London and International Center of Photography in NY. He has also appeared on a range of television media including Charlie Rose (PBS), Morning Joe (MSNBC), Fareed Zakaria's GPS (CNN) and the BBC World News.
Platon's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums both domestically and abroad. He has exhibited in New York at the Matthew Marks Gallery and the Howard Greenberg Gallery, as well as internationally at the Colette Gallery in Paris, France. The New York Historical Society has exhibited a solo show of Platon's Civil Rights photographs, which remain as part of the museum's permanent collection. Other permanent collections holding Platon's photography include The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida and The Westlicht Museum for Photography in Vienna, Austria and the Scotland National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
In 2013, Platon founded a non-profit foundation named The People's Portfolio. The foundation aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination, and enlists the public to support human rights around the world. He serves as the Creative Director at Large for the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.
Platon is currently on the board for Arts and Culture at the World Economic Forum and serves as a steward for the Economic Growth and Social Inclusion Initiative. bye.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
A critique that I was asked to write and design about the current state of tangible, and non-tangible, states of DIY technology. bye.
Just got my editing laptop back from the tech nerd lab, as it has been recovering from a 3-month long open-heart surgery stint. New board (used+cheap), upgraded memory and faster graphics CPU speed now- so he claims. Still getting used to being back in the saddle again with my existing portable technology, and have my fingers crossed that everything will work now as planned and that the dreaded Apple spinning wheel will not come back to haunt. Battery life and climate change are not debatable matters anymore, as they both now have concrete storming evidence, with victims present. I should be lucky, the month for Halloween hauntings is a few months away and the computer should work at least until then. High Hopes, like the Amityville house on Ocean Drive once proclaimed on its pretty green front lawn. bye.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
" I'm 87 years old...I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive.. The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there's nothing. Like there was before I was born. I'm not really into religion, they're all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.
The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.
Anybody else you've interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call..... Hey, brother. That's great, man. Yeah, I'm being interviewed... We're talking about nothing. I've got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He's stopped asking questions."
~ HARRY DEAN STANTON
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Until only recently, Spaniards could be shot- and killed- legally on sight in Iceland.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
1. A green screen or a blue trench coat jacket is used as a backdrop in chroma key Joker card photography, which is a process that replaces a solid-colored background from behind the living or deceased actor subject of a photo (or video) with a new background. ... 2.Removing and replacing photo backgrounds requires two things besides the subject matter ... 3. Digital camera. ... 4. A computer. bye.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
r.i.p. Sophie Scholl.
The date was February 22, 1943. Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie, along with their best friend, Christoph Probst, were scheduled to be executed by Nazi officials that afternoon. The prison guards were so impressed with the calm and bravery of the prisoners in the face of impending death that they violated regulations by permitting them to meet together one last time. Hans, a medical student at the University of Munich, was 24. Sophie, a student, was 21. Christoph, a medical student, was 22. One day in 1942, copies of a leaflet entitled “The White Rose” suddenly appeared at the University of Munich. The leaflet contained an anonymous essay that said that the Nazi system had slowly imprisoned the German people and was now destroying them. The Nazi regime had turned evil. It was time, the essay said, for Germans to rise up and resist the tyranny of their own government. At the bottom of the essay, the following request appeared: “Please make as many copies of this leaflet as you can and distribute them.” The leaflet caused a tremendous stir among the student body. It was the first time that internal dissent against the Nazi regime had surfaced in Germany. The essay had been secretly written and distributed by Hans Scholl and his friends. Sophie Scholl and her brother were arrested in the lobby of their university and later executed by beheading by Hitler's Nazi regime for treason based on the leaflets they had created and printed to educate other students.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The Nuns of Dachau.
Heinrich Himmler, as police president of Munich, officially described the camp as "the first concentration camp for political prisoners." It was located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the northeastern part of the town of Dachau, about 10 miles northwest of Munich in southern Germany. Many Catholic priests were arrested and placed into the camp, and to this day nuns pray for the priests that died in the barracks under the Nazi regime.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Just received some pics from when I was in the Punk rock/east coast music scene prior to getting into art school and film. Not sure my approach to creating music or creating visual images has changed at all, my approach remains the same. Make and create from your gut and use whatever is available to you in order to fulfill your vision. Technology indeed has made this all much easier for the artist. Thank you Steve Jobs and Bill Gates- forever grateful. And, Black Blag and Flipper too ...