New exhibition at Milk Gallery titled PLATON: SERVICE.
The run of show is from June 22 — July 24, 2016.
Platon is a British born photographer who’s renown for his powerful, up-close portraits of world leaders and iconic figures. SERVICE is a tribute not just to the men and women who serve America, but a reminder that all of us are stakeholders in the betterment of the nation and our world, something relevant now more than ever as we approach the upcoming U.S. Presidential election.
In SERVICE, Platon turns his lens to U.S. military personnel and their loved ones. The series spans over several years and presents a visual diary of U.S. soldiers and their families before and after their tours, following soldiers through graduation at West Point, during training in a staged Iraqi village, aboard the U.S.S. San Antonio moments before setting sail, and after their return home to their loved ones. It investigates the sacrifices made by these men and women who dedicate their lives to service and examines what it means to be patriotic, creating provocative images without being political. Ultimately, the series is about more than war, but about human beings—their pain, courage, and uncompromising strength.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book under the same name, published this 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.
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