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Abstract: PhotographyBy Platon, Scott Dadich, Morgan Neville

In a Nutshell

In this episode of Netflix's docuseries Abstract: The Art of Design, renowned portrait photographer Platon describes his creative process, his inspiration, and his photography philosophy.

Favorite quote

I'm not really a photographer at all. The camera is nothing more than a tool: communication; simplicity; shapes on a page. What's important is the story, the message, the feeling, the connection.

Platon

Introduction

From his stark black-and-white portrait of Barack Obama, to a menacing magazine cover featuring Vladimir Putin, Platon excels at capturing the essence of his subjects. The Greek-born British photographer's work has appeared in publications including Time, The New Yorker, and Esquire. Platon portrays world leaders, as well as ordinary participants in social movements.

In this episode of Netflix's Emmy-nominated documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design, filmmaker Scott Dadich explores the creative process and philosophy that drives Platon. This man is behind some of his era's most iconic photos. This episode begins with Platon's photography of former Secretary of State Colin Powell before exploring other projects. It conveys how secret to capturing a powerful image extends far beyond the camera.

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