After working for British Vogue for several years, Platon was invited to New York City to work for the late John Kennedy Jr. and his political magazine, George.
Shooting portraits for a range of international publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, and The Sunday Times Magazine, Platon developed a special relationship with Time, producing more than over 20 of its covers for them. In 2007, he photographed Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for Time‘s “Person of the Year” cover. The image was awarded first prize at the World Press Photo Contest.
In 2008 Platon signed a multiyear contract with The New Yorker. As the staff photographer, he has produced several large-scale photo essays, two of which won ASME Awards in 2009 and 2010. His New Yorker portfolios have focused on such themes as the U.S. military, world leaders, and the civil rights movement.
In 2009 Platon teamed up with Human Rights Watch to help celebrate those who fight for equality and justice in countries suppressed by political forces. These projects have highlighted human rights defenders from Burma and the leaders of the Egyptian revolution. Following his coverage of Burma, Platon photographed Aung San Suu Kyi for the cover of Time—days after her release from house arrest. In 2011 Platon was honored with a Peabody Award for collaboration on the topic of Russia’s civil society with The New Yorker magazine and Human Rights Watch.
Platon has published four books of his work: Platon’s Republic (Phaidon Press, 2004), a retrospective of his early work; Power (Chronicle Books, 2011), 100 portraits of the world’s most powerful leaders; China: Through the Looking Glass (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015); and Service (Prestel, 2016), dedicated to the men and women in the U.S. military, their physical and psychological wounds, their extraordinary valor, and the fierce emotions that surround those who serve.
Platon is a communicator and storyteller. He has been invited to be a keynote speaker on leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, as well as by Chanel, Nike, Yale University, Oxford University, Wharton University, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the International Center of Photography in New York. He has also appeared in a range of television media, including Charlie Rose (PBS), Morning Joe (MSNBC), Fareed Zakaria GPS (CNN), and the BBC World News.