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The audience members may not have known what to expect when they arrived at the Platon lecture in Sarasota on Tuesday, Jan. 27, but the comments afterward were a clear indication they had been captivated by the presentation. Platon, a native of London, appeared at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as the sec- ond speaker in the Ringling College Library Association's 2014 lecture series. After receiv- ing a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from St. Martin's School of Art and a master's degree in photography and fine art from the Royal College of Art, he worked for British Vogue. He came to the United States to work for the late John F. Kennedy Jr.'s political magazine, George. Though noted for his more than 20 Time magazine covers (including an award-win- ning photo of Russian Premier Vladimir Putin as the Person of the Year) and portraits for such other publications as Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Esquire, he is equally gifted as a storyteller. Some of the stories are photographic essays, among them a pictorial of the Civil Rights movement exhibited at the New York Historical Society. Platon's interest in the worldwide fight for equality and justice led Platon (left) awaits the unveiling of his portrait by Ringling College of Art and Design student Victor Maury. All photos by Vicki Chatley A PHOTOGRAPHER OFFERS IMPRESSIONS OF THE FAMOUS AND ORDINARY SUBJECTS HE PORTRAYS ON FILM FROM BEHIND THE CAMERA By Vicki Chatley Contributing Writer

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