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Power: Portraits of World Leaders Hardcover – May 11, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452100586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452100586
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Platon is staff photographer for the New Yorker, and recipient of the prestigious World Press Photo Award and National Magazine Photo Portfolio Award. He lives in New York.

David Remnick is editor of the New Yorker. He is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of several books. He lives in New York.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robtimus Prime on September 18, 2012
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Platon is an absolute favorite of mine and I was thrilled to get this book.
The images are from an assignment he did for The New Yorker, so I had seen many of the portraits before...but never like this. Each photograph is as stark and rare as the one before it. The portraits are so raw and precise that it's hard not to stare and wonder how that "session" came to be. What other photographer has assembled Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, and Muammar Qaddafi in one series of photographs? There is a true human presence in these images that should cause you great pause.
Truly incredible work from a brilliant photographer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ursula Heflick on September 29, 2011
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This book is a great collection of strangely intimate pictures. They feel so close, I sometimes felt almost a little embarassed to get such a close view of the person.
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The book is somewhat overrated. If you assume the photographer is anonymous, you'll forgive the presentation of the portraits. I question the selection of the subjects, the way the photos are arranged, the different shooting styles, and why some photos are BW while others are full colour to the point of over saturation. Subjects are not arranged alphabetically, neither by country nor by name. They're not arranged by seniority, or how long they'd been in power. They're not arranged by continent, nor by country size. Some subjects are not the highest point of authority in their country. Only if the introduction gave more insights about the project and its presentation.
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By Amazon A Holic on April 29, 2013
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Bought this as a gift for my uncle who is loves politics. Great book and He loved it so much he read it in one weekend!
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Felt on August 7, 2011
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Nice contemporary images. Especially if you love to see every pore and a look of slight "subject" discomfort based on the obvious photographic intrusion required for the "look"...

Just like the New Yorker originals.

I've nothing to add.
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