Faces Of Power: 50 Portraits That Influence The World By Platon

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New Yorker staff photographer Platon provides us an inside look into our world leaders through his new book Power. It’s a collection of eye-catching intimate look at today’s most persuasive and influential people in politics. Platon merely has a couple of minutes to set each one of them in front of his camera. Below are a few of his fascinating images of the people who run our world, the faces of power who have stared straight into his lens. To find out more of these portraits, you can check it out via NewYorker.com. There’s an audio narration alongside the photos of Platon talking about the moment when he took the photographs.

Platon now presents his signature style of portraiture on the iPad via iTunes. In addition to a beautifully improved visual experience, the POWER app includes an intro from famed Editor of The New Yorker David Remnick with audio commentary, individual political biographies, and an interactive map.

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1. Mahmoud Abbas
President, Palestinian Authority
Born March 26, 1935
In office since January 15, 2005


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2. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President, Iran
Born October 28, 1956
In office since August 6, 2005


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3. Oscar Arias
President, Costa Rica
Born September 13, 1940
In office since May 8, 2006


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4. Michelle Bachelet
President, Chile
Born September 29, 1951
In office since March 11, 2006


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5. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General, United Nations
Born June 13, 1944
In office since January 1, 2007


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6. Jacob Zuma
President, South Africa
Born April 12, 1942
In office since May 9, 2009


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7. Rupiah Banda
President, Zambia
Born February 19, 1937
In office since November 2, 2008


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8. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov
President, Turkmenistan
Born June 1, 1957
In office since February 14, 2007


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9. Silvio Berlusconi
Prime Minister, Italy
Born September 29, 1936
In office since May 8, 2008


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10. Gordon Brown
Prime Minister, United Kingdom
Born February 20, 1951
In office since June 27, 2007


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11. Felipe Calderon
President, Mexico
Born August 18, 1962
In office since December 1, 2006


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12. Hugo Chavez
President, Venezuela
Born July 28, 1954
In office since February 2, 1999


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13. Alvaro Colom
President, Guatemala
Born June 1, 1951
In office since January 14, 2008


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14. Brian Cowen
Prime Minister, Ireland
Born January 10, 1960
In office since May 7, 2008


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15. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister, Turkey
Born February 26, 1954
In office since March 14, 2003


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16. Cristina Fernandez
President, Argentina
Born February 19, 1953
In office since December 10, 2007


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17. Heinz Fischer
President, Austria
Born October 9, 1938
In office since July 8, 2004


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18. Dalia Grybauskaite
President, Lithuania
Born March 1, 1956
In office since July 12, 2009


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19. Tarja Halonen
President, Finland
Born December 24, 1943
In office since March 1, 2000


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20. Yukio Hatoyama
Prime Minister, Japan
Born February 11, 1947
In office since September 16, 2009


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21. Toomas Ilves
President, Estonia
Born December 26, 1953
In office since October 9, 2006


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22. Lech Kaczynski
President, Poland
Born June 18, 1949
In office since December 23, 2005


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23. Paul Kagame
President, Rwanda
Born October 23, 1957
In office since September 12, 2003


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24. Vaclav Klaus
President, Czech Republic
Born April 19, 1941
In office since March 7, 2003


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25. Lee Myung-bak
President, South Korea
Born December 19, 1941
In office since February 25, 2008


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26. Fernando Lugo
President, Paraguay
Born May 30, 1951
In office since August 15, 2008


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27. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
President, Brazil
Born October 27, 1945
In office since January 1, 2003


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28. Dmitry Medvedev
President, Russia
Born September 14, 1965
In office since May 7, 2008


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29. Stjepan Mesic
President, Croatia
Born December 24, 1934
In office since February 18, 2000


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30. Evo Morales
President, Bolivia
Born October 26, 1959
In office since January 22, 2006


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31. Robert Mugabe
President, Zimbabwe
Born February 21, 1924
In office since December 30, 1987


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32. Mohamed Nasheed
President, Maldives
Born May 17, 1967
In office since November 11, 2008


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33. Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister, Israel
Born October 21, 1949
In office since March 31, 2009


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34. Barack Obama
President, United States
Born August 4, 1961
In office since January 20, 2009


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35. Raila Odinga
Prime Minister, Kenya
Born January 7, 1945
In office since April 17, 2008


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36. Rene Preval
President, Haiti
Born January 17, 1943
In office since May 14, 2006


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37. Muammar Qaddafi
Leader of the Revolution, Libya
Born June, 1942
In office since September 1, 1969


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38. Emomali Rahmon
President, Tajjikistan
Born October 5, 1952
In office since November 16, 1994


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39. Andry Rajoelina
President of the Transition, Madagascar
Born May 30, 1974
In office since March 21, 2009


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40. Jose Ramos-Horta
President, East Timor
Born December 26, 1949
In office since May 20, 2007


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41. Mikheil Saakashvili
President, Georgia
Born December 21, 1967
In office since January 25, 2004


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42. Boris Tadic
President, Serbia
Born January 15, 1958
In office since July 11, 2004


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43. Jalal Talabani
President, Iraq
Born November 12, 1933
In office since April 7, 2005


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44. Anote Tong
President, Kiribati
Born June 11, 1952
In office since July 4, 2003


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45. Faustin-Archange Touadera
Prime Minister, Central African Republic
Born September 2, 1957
In office since January 22, 2008


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46. Alvaro Uribe
President, Colombia
Born July 4, 1952
In office since August 7, 2002


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47. Victor Yushchenko
President, Ukraine
Born February 23, 1954
In office since January 23, 2005


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48. Jose Luis Rodrguez Zapatero
Prime Minister, Spain
Born August 4, 1960
In office since April 17, 2004


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49. Asif Zardari
President, Pakistan
Born July 26, 1955
In office since September 9, 2008


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50. George W. Bush
President, United States
Born July 1946
In office January 2001 – January 2009

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Wardo1390

Interesting portraits of people in powers.

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Wardo1390

Interesting portraits of people in powers.

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Adriana

Interesting article :) They all have such different face characteristics ;))

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