In 2007, world-famous portrait photographer, Platon shot what he later described as one of the scariest assignments of his life. He was to photograph Time Magazine's person of the year: Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Recently, CNN shared the story behind the image in a rare interview with the photographer.
In the video Platon describes arriving at a veritable fortress, being lead by armed guards to a solitary room filled with bodyguards and advisors in which he was to photograph the president. Having done his research, Platon knew that the president was a self-professed Beatles fan. So in order to diffuse the situation, to put the president at ease, Platon asked Putin about the Beatles, his favorite song (Yesterday).
The truth is, that's the face of power. It's the face of cold authority.
What I'm striving for is to humanize the power system, to ask a very important question: who are you, who are you really?
This interesting peek into the Platon's Time person of the year with Vladimir Putin is a friendly reminder that even the toughest situations can be turned around. What's the worst conditions you've had to shoot in?