Platon's Portraits Of Power : The Picture Show Platon, a staff photographer for The New Yorker, spent five days photographing world leaders in a makeshift studio at a meeting of the United Nations. He discusses the magazine project with NPR's host Michele Norris.
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Platon's Portraits Of Power

Very few people can get away with shouting "You look wicked!" at a world leader. On All Things Considered, host Michele Norris speaks with the renowned photographer Platon about his multimedia project "Portraits of Power," which appears in the Dec. 7 issue of The New Yorker.

The project began this past September, at a meeting of the United Nations in New York. Platon, a staff photographer for The New Yorker, and one of the best living portraitists, set up a studio off the floor of the General Assembly. Over the course of five hectic days, he did his best to wrangle some of the world's most powerful leaders for a portrait session, some lasting no longer than 8 seconds.

An interactive on The New Yorker's Web site has commentary from the photographer — with stories like how he got Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to sit for him, or how he got Jacob Zuma of South Africa to laugh. View all 50 photos and hear the stories in the full interactive.

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