In September 2009, photographer Platon
began a project to photograph world leaders
, documenting the familiar and not-so-familiar faces of world power at the beginning of the era of our Great Recession. As the New Yorker described it, it was "a five-day-long improvisation, with Platon doing his best to lure the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, and Muammar Qaddafi to his camera..."
Platon's new book, Power: Portraits of World Leaders
gathers these images, together with an introduction from David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker
, creating a permanent witness of the leaders of this current, jumbled, chaotic moment in our history. Catch an interview with Platon after the jump...
Get a copy of Platon's new book, Power: Portraits of World Leaders
for all 150 portraits and David Remnick's essays, and check the New Yorker's site
for audio clips from Platon about the shoots.