Monday, 7 December 2009

Portraits Of Power

This past September, when nearly all the world's leaders were in New York for a meeting of the United Nations, Platon, a staff photographer for The New Yorker, set up a tiny studio off the floor of the General Assembly, and tried to hustle as many of them in front of his lens as possible.

The project was a five-day-long improvisation, with Platon doing his best to lure the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chávez, and Muammar Qaddafi to his camera. Click on the portraits to listen to the photographer's commentary.

2 comment(s):

Andy from Beaverton said...

I get sick when I see these people. Would anyone seriously leave any of them alone with their children?

In a study by The Economist, using a 'democracy index', the 167 recognized countries have the following:
30 Full democracies 18.0%
50 Flawed democracies 29.9%
36 Hybrid regimes 21.6%
51 Authoritarian regimes 30.5%

Half of the countries in the UN are dictatorships!

John Bolton was spot on when he said, "The Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories. If it lost ten stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference"

Rita said...

My favorite is not included...Vladimir Putin!