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New Yorker Photo essay
Dave Doonan, Photographer
Kingston | TN | USA | Posted: 12:24 PM on 12.08.09
->> Photographer Platon of The New Yorker set up a s makeshift studio and photographed many of the world leaders when they were at the UN in September for a meeting.This is a mulimedia presentation of the assignment. Pretty Cool:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/multimedia/2009/12/07/091207_audioslideshow...
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Alex Menendez, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 12:55 PM on 12.08.09
->> Wow Dave,

Everyone should take the time to listen to the audio from Platon that accompanies each photo.
I particularly like the quote about Mahmoud Abbas, there is a lesson here.

Cool post! Thanks.

alex
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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 3:52 PM on 12.08.09
->> How this guy (Platon) continues to get work boggles the mind.
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Jonathan Castner, Photographer, Assistant
Longmont | CO | USA | Posted: 4:34 PM on 12.08.09
->> What do you mean Jim? That his work all looks like essentially the same shot with just a different head or that his work is highly praised/used and yet super boring?
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Dave Doonan, Photographer
Kingston | TN | USA | Posted: 4:47 PM on 12.08.09
->> WOW! tough crowd. I think the simplicity of the project is what makes it work.The audio sets up the photo. And give the guy credit for trying to bring all those egos together for the project.
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Robert Longhitano, Photographer
North Wales | PA | USA | Posted: 6:07 PM on 12.08.09
->> I don't know I really admire him and his work.

His portraits are pure K.I.S.S. he lets his subjects be the star. I'm not articulate enough to put it in words but all his photos scream emotions and those eyes can tell a thousands stories.
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Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 6:37 PM on 12.08.09
->> he was one my favorite speakers at EAW this year. great stuff.
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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 10:33 PM on 12.08.09
->> "That his work all looks like essentially the same shot with just a different head or that his work is highly praised/used and yet super boring?"

Yeh. Just like that. Super-duper boring.
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Michael Ip, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 11:03 PM on 12.08.09
->> Jim, I think it's more his ability to even get the people to sit down for him than the shots themselves. If you hadn't had a chance to listen to his approach, do so, it's very interesting.

I'm sure put in the same situation, many of us wouldn't do nearly as well as he did.
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David Shea, Photographer
Riverside | CA | USA | Posted: 3:19 AM on 12.09.09
->> It's funny, I've heard the same criticisms made about Avedon portraits: "It's just a guy standing there!" To each their own, I guess.

Here's a link via Laforet's blog to audio of Platon's 2008 Eddie Adams talk:
http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2008/11/26/platon-audio/ Good insight into his work style, I only wish there was a way to see the photographs as he speaks.
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Dominick Reuter, Photographer, Assistant
Boston | MA | USA | Posted: 5:03 PM on 12.09.09
->> I couldn't disagree more with Jim.

First of all, you have to see this portfolio in the magazine.

The sequencing and associations the picture editors presented blew my mind, and was somehow upsetting and compelling at once. For example, they lead off with Obama on one page and Ahmadinejad opposite; later they show four Mugabe against four rather respected African leaders. Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia make another spread, Ireland and the UK another. It's an essay on geopolitics worth far more than our usual allotment of a thousand words per picture.

The venture would have not been so successful without the consistent and flawless (call it boring) technical execution of these pictures. Counting the hairs on Ahmadinejad's face or peering into Mugabe's glassy blue eyes was a surreal experience, and I give Platon all due credit.

The last point is that he and his team had to corral all these world leaders who probably had a lot more important stuff to do than worry about their picture being taken. His ability to get so many of them to sit for him is deserving of a little respect, and perhaps also some admiration.

To quote Hanashiro: 'Nuff Said!

- D

http://reuterphoto.com
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Jonathan Castner, Photographer, Assistant
Longmont | CO | USA | Posted: 5:36 PM on 12.09.09
->> If by "flawless technical execution" you mean an octabank in front and a background light that is properly exposed using a medium format camera then yeah that hits the mark. But then that's how ALL his portraits are done so he had better have that down pat. His stuff is as boring as his subjects' essentially blank expressions.

I'm still with Jim C: "Huh and why?"
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
102 Yards From The Beach | CT | | Posted: 12:19 AM on 12.10.09
->> Jim,

I do agree with you on this.
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