THE MAN WHO PHOTOGRAPHS THE SOUL OF POWER – Platon Antoniou and the photographic art of mental sharpness

When a portrait defines who you are photographing

He has exhibited his portraits in the most famous photo galleries in the world, worked for a periodical of American politics and culture, shooting portraits for many newspapers, even winning the first prize of the World Press Photo Contest 2008 Living part of the system in New York, he too used creams to rejuvenate himself and bought a certain type of car to have better perceive himself; however, after the economic crisis connected with Lehman he too discovered that that way of life was wrong. As a photographer of the mighty, Platon Antoniou managed to capture prey he had pursued for years, including the leaders of his time, yet, never former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Born in London in April 1968 and artistically known as Platon, he portrayed many world leaders and famous people for The New Yorker magazine Between Burma and Thailand, he photographed multitudes of child soldiers with the same perceptual intensity that he used in his portraits for heads of state. From his photographic dialogue with the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who posed as Fred Astaire, it resulted in a real journey into ambiguity. Platon Antoniou spent his childhood on the beaches of Paros (Greece) and received an excellent artistic education in London, and then he learned to synthesize the right level to capture the human nature of the powerful of the earth.

His work, published by the British magazine Vogue and by the American George Magazin, made him known in America, thus opening him access to Time magazines, The New Yorks Times and Rolling Stone. Photographing the fascination of success is difficult, yet he was able to, discovering that it is a disease. In making the first portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama, everyone inside the White House noticed when he captured the inner beauty of that woman in the film. For this highly sensitive artist, the essential thing is to portray with the same care the insensitivity of the power of a Middle Eastern satrap or a Western vote hunter. When photographing one of the powerful, Platon Antoniou likes to surround himself with as many people as possible, even with 400.

In London, he studied Graphic Design at St Martin’s School of Art, as well as Photography and Fine Arts at the Royal College of Art. As early as 1992, when he was still a student, Vogue British recognized him as Best Emerging Photographer. For the cover of Time of Man of the Year 2007, when he photographed Vladimir Putin in the Moscow dacha, there were those in those images who saw that Russian as powerful as a relic of the Cold War, while others perceived him as a movie star. When Platon Antoniou is inches from a leader, they want him to be quick, yet he continues to focus on capturing the invisible energy that flows from each of them. His bold and powerful photographic approach is not elitist; on the contrary, he tries his best so that what he portrays is perceptible to anyone.

His way of working is psychological and intuitive. In fact, he is not interested in those men in their entirety, but only in the instant in which he photographs them. In his awareness, Putin and the Venezuelan Chavez are simply two faces, but capable of doing anything. In Platon Antoniou‘s photographic perception, Iranian Ahmadinejad is a enigmatic type of man; on the contrary, he perceives Bill Clinton as a concentrate of living skills and shrewdness,English%20mother%20and%20Greek%20father. His graphically engaging images of him capture the attention of any viewer, even in the New York City where he lives and works.

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