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Platon's iconic portraits: why photographers must watch Abstract: The Art of Design on Netflix

Netflix does great documentaries so it is nice to see more photography(ish) related content to watch.  It does not seem that long ago that the series Tales by Light was released so Abstract: The Art of Design being available so soon after is a real joy.

Abstract is an eight part series which introduces the viewer to some titans of the art and design world and how they create their art.  Architecture, illustration, footwear design, and photography to name a few, are all covered.  For those who are primarily interested is photography, then episode 8, which fo uses on Platon and his portraiture, is a must see episode – although I would highly recommend watching the whole series anyway.

To call Platon a fantastic photographer truly is an understatement.   He has photographed some the most people in the last twenty years; from presidents to politicians, entertainers to tyrants.  His portraits are breath taking.               

Platon discusses his work, his ideas and processes which inform his photography.  He says his process always begins with him asking himself “what can I learn from this person?”  He builds a connection with his subject standing or sitting only feet away from his sitters, virtually on top of them, chatting and probing until he finds a glimmer of what he likes.  His process is all about getting to know his sitter and translating that connection.

This really is a must watch for anyone with even a passing interest in photography.  Platon’s portraits are truly astounding and it is a joy to watch him work.  A must see.

What did you think of this programme?  Leave a comment below.

Photography on Netflix: Tales by Light

Take six photographers, and plunk each them in some of the world’s most beautiful locations and let them do their thing and what do you get?  Tales by Light, that's what!  That and a whole bunch of extremely jealous viewers.

Part photography, part travel show, Tales by Light is a six part series, each of which focuses on an individual photographer and their chosen area of photography.  Episode one kicks off with under water photographer Darren Jew as he attempts to tackle photographing mating humpback whales in Tonga.  Episode two focuses on travel photographer Richard I'Anson where (amongst others) he captures some amazing images of the colour Festival of Holi (Festival of Colour) in India.

The travel/photography format works well.  At times the visuals in this six-part series are truly gorgeous, although there can be lack of detail when it comes to the photographic process and how some of the photographers achieve what they do.  That being said, if Tales by Light does not inspire photographers to pick up their gear and get out and shoot I doubt anything will.