Russian President Vladimir Putin was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2007. Photographer Platon was selected to take his portrait for the cover, an image which has now gained far more reach and notoriety than just the magazine's cover. Here, he talks about his experience photographing one of the most powerful people in the world.
Vladimir Putin is a highly controversial figure, particularly in the West, where many of his policies and practices are considered antithetical to those of the United States and other countries. Photographer Platon has a resume a mile long, having photographed countless high-profile figures, including Prince, Serena Williams, President Barack Obama, and many more. His photos have appeared in numerous international publications, having been featured on the cover of Time Magazine alone over 20 times. When he met with Putin to shoot his portrait, the experience began in a predictably intense way, with Platon looking for some sort of common ground upon which to build a rapport with the Russian President. Watch below as he explains the way he found that common ground and how his portrait evolved past a magazine cover and became the face of an entire movement.
[via Huffington Post]