(NEW YORK, NY) May 26, 2016 – Milk Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition, PLATON: SERVICE, on
view from June 22 through July 24, 2016.
British-born photographer Platon is internationally celebrated for his powerful, up-close portraits of world leaders
and iconic figures. Capturing portraits for a wide range of international publications including Time Magazine, The
New Yorker, Rolling Stone, New York Times Magazine, and Vanity Fair, he has produced a body of work that has
been featured on more than 70 magazine covers and received awards including first prize at the World Press
Photo Contest, the New Yorker’s National Magazine Award, the Peabody Award and the American Society of
Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Award.
Platon’s work has been displayed throughout galleries and in museum collections across the globe. His portfolio
is vast, ranging from a highly celebrated series of Civil Rights photographs to a collection of portraits of more than
100 world leaders such as Barack Obama, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Hugo Chavez, Robert Mugabe, and
Muammar Gaddafi. In 2013, Platon founded a nonprofit called The People's Portfolio, an organization that aspires
to create a visual language for breaking barriers, expanding dignity, fighting discrimination, and enlisting the
public to support human rights around the world.
In SERVICE, Platon turns his lens to U.S. military personnel and their loved ones. The series spans several years
and presents a visual diary of U.S. soldiers and their families before and after their tours. His work has followed
soldiers’ commitment to service, which includes capturing a West Point graduation or a staged Iraqi village
training, the U.S.S. San Antonio moments before setting sail and when soldiers return home to their loved ones.
Platon’s photography investigates the sacrifices made by these men and women who dedicate their lives to
service. Further examining what it means to be patriotic and creating provocative images without being political,
the series is about human beings and their pain, courage, and uncompromising strength. SERVICE is a tribute
not just to the men and women who serve, but a reminder that all of us are stakeholders in the betterment of our
nation and our world, something relevant now more than ever as we approach the upcoming U.S. presidential
The exhibition is accompanied by a book under the same name, published in April 2016 by Prestel. The book
results from a photo-essay assignment that began in 2008, a project Platon took on after being appointed as
Richard Avedon’s successor as staff photographer at the New Yorker.
About Milk Gallery
Milk Gallery is a contemporary gallery and cultural space specializing in photography, publishing, curatorial
services, and archival management for collections and estates. The gallery presents projects and retrospectives
in portraiture, reportage, moving images and installations from legendary photographers such as Burt Glinn,
Thomas Hoepker and Billy Name, and contemporary photographers including Danny Clinch, Diego Uchitel and
Hunter Barnes. Milk Gallery celebrates the past while looking towards the future with a sharpened artistic vision
and sense of authorship.
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