Portraits of Power

June 1st, 2011

                                                     

Scott Fitzgerald said that "the rich are different." So too are those upon whose shoulders rest the powers and responsibilities of global leadership. Different, yes; but also human. It is that human side, that world press photographer of the year and New Yorker staff photographer, Platon, has captured in his collection of portraits of 150 current international leaders; Power: Portraits of World Leaders. They are from across the political spectrum and together create a larger portrait of global power in the early 21st Century.  The introduction for the book is written by New Yorker editor David Remnick. My conversation with Platon: