Born in London in 1968, to a Greek father and English mother, portrait photographer Platon attended St. Martins School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
After working for British Vogue for several years, Platon moved to New York to work for the late John Kennedy Jr. and his political magazine, George. Shooting portraits for a range of international publications, Platon developed a special relationship with Time magazine, producing over 20 covers and receiving first prize at the World Press Photo Contest for his image of VladimirPutin.
In 2008, he signed a contract with the New Yorker, where he produced a series of large-scalephoto essays, two winning ASME Awards. These portfolios focused on many themes- the U.S Military, portraits of world leaders and the Civil Rights Movement. Platon later teamed up with the Human Rights Watch to help them celebrate those who fight for equality and justice. His projects highlight human rights defenders from Burma to Egypt. Following his coverage of Burma, Platon photographed Aung San Suu Kyi for Time – just days after her release in 2001.
The publication of Platon's first monograph Platon’s Republic coincided with international exhibitions in London and New York. His second book, Power - a collection of portraits of over 100 world leaders - includes amongst others Barack Obama, Tony Blair, and Muammar Qaddafi.
Public speaking now plays a major role in Platon's career, both as communicator and storyteller. He has spoken on leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chanel, Nike, Yale University, Oxford University, Wharton University, The National Portrait Gallery in London andInternational Centre of Photography in NY and he has appeared on numerous television shows.
Platon has exhibited at the Matthew Marks Gallery and the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York as well as internationally. The New York Historical Society has shown Platon's Civil Rights photographs, which remain part of their permanent collection.
In 2013, Platon founded a non-profit foundation, 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 is currently a member of the Global Leadership Council for the World Economic Forum.
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