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01/31/2014

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to projects depicting human rights defend- ers in Burma and the leaders of the Egyptian revolution. The life of a photojournalist is not without danger. Platon recounted how he persuaded Time magazine to send him to Myanmar (for- merly Burma) to photograph Aung San Suu Kyi days after her release from house prison. Immediately after taking her picture, he was pursued by a growing convoy of vehicles containing opposition secret police offi- cers known for their brutality. He managed to escape by a taxi, which took him to the airport and a flight to safety. The taxi driver supported Aung San Suu Kyi. As a series of slides appeared on a screen that served as a backdrop for Platon on the stage, he related the story of each photo. Some were in black and white, others in color. According to Platon, "Black and white describes tex- ture," while the color spectrum is important to capture feeling. It helps create the "whole language that makes you feel what you feel when you look at a picture." The film choice — he states he may be the last photographer using film — is dictated by the subject. Platon says you can tell a lot about a person by a handshake. Sarasota News Leader January 31, 2014 Page 87

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