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portraits of power. | December 14, 2009

Platon for The New Yorker.

While I was sipping a post-market coffee at The Trident Booksellers and Cafe this past Saturday, I came across this series in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Although I read the newspaper daily, I was surprised by how few of names I could put to the faces of these men (and few women). It seems that in terms of power-recognition, television might be the better news media?

This past September, when nearly all the world’s leaders were in New York for a meeting of the United Nations, Platon, a staff photographer for this magazine, set up a tiny studio off the floor of the General Assembly, and tried to hustle as many of them in front of his lens as possible. For months, members of the magazine’s staff had been writing letters to various governments and embassies, but the project was a five-day-long improvisation, with Platon doing his best to lure the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chávez, and Muammar Qaddafi to his camera…

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