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Power: Portraits of world leaders

Platon exhibition in Vienna´s Westlicht gallery

Platon, one of the leading portrait photographers of our time, made a unique series of political portraits during the 2009 UN-general assembly in New York. In only five days he photographed more than hundred heads of government in a makeshift studio at the UN-building on the East River.

A selection...

… of these series including portraits of Barack Obama, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Dmitry Medvedev, Benjamin Netanyahu, Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Abbas, Tony Blair, Robert Mugabe, Silvio Berlusconi, and Muammar Qaddafi is now presented at WestLicht, the leading photo gallery in Vienna. The exhibiton includes images of democratically elected heads of state, as well as dictators, peace activists and cruel rulers.

In a way I treat them all democratically”, Platon says in a statement ”My way of making pictures unifies them: the good, the bad, the powerful, the weak – confused all these are the times in which we live.

Platon Antoniou, son of an English mother and a Greek father, was born in London in 1968 and grew up in Greece. He studied graphic design, photography and arts in London at the St. Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art. After shooting portraits for a range of international publications in London he moved to New York where he produced more than 20 covers for Time Magazine, including one of Vladimir Putin for which he was awarded 1st prize at the World Press Photo Contest. Since 2008 he is staff photographer for the New Yorker.

His book POWER PLATON featuring an essay by Pulitzer Price winner and editor in chief of the New Yorker David Remnick, was published by Schirmer/Mosel in 2009.

For those of you visiting Vienna until April 22nd don´t miss to see the exhibition, a preview can also be seen in our image slide show below and at Platon´s portfolio site.

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