Feb. 6, 2018
Platon is a British photographer who has taken portraits for a range of international publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and The Sunday Times magazine. Producing more than 20 covers for TIME magazine, he photographed Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for its “Person of the Year” cover in 2007—an image that was awarded first prize at the World Press Photo Contest.
As staff photographer for The New Yorker, he produced several large-scale photo essays, two of which won ASME Awards in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Platon teamed with Human Rights Watch to celebrate those who fight for equality and justice in countries suppressed by political forces. In 2011, Platon was honored with a Peabody Award for collaboration on the topic of Russia's Civil Society with The New Yorker and Human Rights Watch.
Platon has published four books of his work: Platon’s Republic (Phaidon Press, 2004), Power (Chronicle, 2011), China: Through the Looking Glass (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015), and Service (Prestel, 2016). His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums domestically and abroad, including the Matthew Marks Gallery and the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City and the Colette Gallery in Paris, France.
Platon has been 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 New York. 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 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.