Platon – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama - 2009

Platon (b. 1968, England) was raised in the Greek Isles until his family returned to England in the 1970's. After working for British Vogue for several years, he was invited to NY to work for the late John Kennedy Jr. and his political magazine, ‘George’.

After 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. In 2008 he signed a multi-year contract with the New Yorker. As the staff photographer, he has produced a series of large-scale photo essays, two of which won ASME Awards in 2009 and 2010. The following year, Platon teamed up with the Human Rights Watch to help them celebrate those who fight for equality and justice in countries suppressed by political forces.

Platon’s first monograph Platon’s Republic, was published in 2004 by Phaidon Press. His second book Power – a collection of portraits of over 100 world leaders – was published in 2011 by Chronicle.

In 2011, his work was exhibited in New York at the Matthew Marks Gallery and the Howard Greenberg Gallery. The New York Historical Society also exhibited a solo show of Platon’s Civil Rights photographs.

Platon lives in New York with his wife, daughter and son.


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