Two great photographers took a portrait of Bill Clinton twelve years apart. An intentional homage at the behest of the DOP? A subconscious shout out?
Platon’s famous and controversial portrait of Bill Clinton in 2000. Despite the pleas of the art directors, Platon took a last frame with his signature wide angle lens and blue hue, and asked the President to “show him the love.”
The February 2012 issue features the President in a slightly less imposing style as photographed by the incredible and ubiquitous Peter Yang. Head cocked, thinner, less symmetrical. The brown three piece suit obscures the tie, which so famously pointed out the obvious twelve years earlier.
Not so surprisingly, I think both photographers effectively captured Clinton effectively for the time and in a photographic style that was (is) contemporary at the time.
Winner: It’s a draw!