Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Platon's Photos from the New Yorker

Sergeant Matthis Chiroux, honorably discharged in 2007 after five years of service, refused to be redeployed in Iraq

Like I posted earlier, I'm into podcasts now.

I branched out and downloaded some from the New Yorker. On Tuesday I was listening to one with the photographer, Platon. In it he talks about taking photos of those in the service either before or after their deployment to Iraq.

Kesha Brown, photographed at the United States Military Academy at West Point during graduation week

Listening to his description of the photos is great and a couple of those descriptions had me near tears. Granted, I was listening to this while in transit on the Seoul subway system, so I was in that awkward situation where you know you're tearing up but you're holding back as to not make the people around you uncomfortable. I managed, but barely.

Here is the link to the podcast: Platon on photographing members of the military (you need iTunes to view this link).

And here is the link to the rest of Platon's photos in this series: Service

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  1. I've always loved his portraiture work, especially the shot of Bill Clinton that I believe he did for Vanity Fair. Really good, creative stuff, knows how to bring out the strong points in people. He's actually one inspiration for my photography with Feetmanseoul, although I can't afford his studio lights. Hehe.

  2. That's cool. From these photos, I can see how you're inspired.

    He says it takes him a couple of days to work on a photo. So there is a lot of work that he does on them in addition to just snapping the shot.

    Check out the podcast! You might get a few tips ;)


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