Portrait photography- so simple, yet so complicated. It’s just a picture of a person- but that picture should say a thousand words. All of Platon’s portraits have those words.
Platon Antoniou is a British photographer who has taken portraits of many presidents and well known world figures. His photo of Vladimir Putin was on the cover of Time Magazine in 2007.
Born in London in 1968, he was raised in Greece by his English mother and Greek father. He attended Saint Martin’s School of Art, and the Royal College of Art, where one of his professors and mentors was John Hinde (photographer).
His book Platon’s Republic was published in 2004.
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 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.
Platon’s official website – http://www.platonphoto.com