As much as I find portraits of the aesthetically fortunate interesting, I have always gravitated towards portraits of people who have or are changing the world. Often that will mean presidents, billionaires or sometimes simply dedicated philanthropists. However, there are few people I would like to photograph more than WIRED magazine’s August cover occupant Edward Snowden.
Snowden is often regarded as the world’s most wanted man and although this is misleading, he is unquestionably among America’s most wanted. Author James Bamford and photographer Platon talk through their brief meeting with Snowden accompanied by a behind the scenes video of the shoot.
There is very little space for a complicated or elaborate shoot; the images are taken in what appears to be a hotel room with only portable lighting and backdrops. The final images are provocative – none more so than the cover shot – and they serve to highlight the depth of the world’s most famous whistleblower.
Photographer Platon is not unfamiliar with photographing some of the world’s most influential figures and to see more of his portraits – including Putin – click here.