November 4 – December 20, 2009
curated by Platon
The Nutopia Forum is a safe haven dedicated to nurturing photographic and graphic talent.
A humble, salon-styled group of photo enthusiasts, we meet in New York City on a regular basis with a constantly revolving membership of 20 creatives to discuss, debate and constructively critique each other’s work. Being dedicated to photography in all its forms, we work to break down the standardized barriers and divisions that currently exist between documentary, fashion, portraiture, fine art, and graphic design. We research art, photography and film history and present our findings to each other. We interact with leaders of all creative fields and invite them to share their knowledge with us.Continue Reading...
We dedicate our artistic ambitions to cross-fertilization. We are simply excited by good stuff. Above all, Nutopia has no land, no boundaries, and no passports, only people.
A brief history of the Nutopia Forum:
Platon received his MA in Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London, where he was mentored by the late John Hind, creative director of British Vogue. Best known for his bold, graphic portraits of celebrities, he also shoots fashion, portraiture and documentary work for Time Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. He is a staff photographer at The New Yorker, signing a multi-year contract in 2008. Platon’s work has been exhibited at Milk Gallery and the Leica Gallery in New York, Hamilton’s Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery in London, Spiral Hall in Tokyo, Carla Sozzani Gallery in Milan and Galerie Thierry Marlat in Paris. His first monograph, Platon’s Republic, was published in 2004 by Phaidon Press.
In 2001, a couple of Platon’s assistants asked him to look at their work. They claimed to be lost, confused and consumed by the photography world they so loyally served. What he discovered was actually very inspiring – the work was fresh, immediate and deserved attention. What is more, he found himself intrigued by the process of sharing ideas and collectively channeling creativity. They avidly decided to meet again; a few more photographers came along and the Nutopia Forum grew from there. These days they are much more organized – with current members flying in for regular meetings from afar, a waiting list of 100 aspiring participants, an illustrious line of ‘distinguished guests’ signing on to talk to us, and an online monthly magazine showcasing the most exciting visual matter generated by the Nutopia Forum. There is no place for bully tactics in this educational arena. Creativity only flows when we are supremely confident and inspired. As a group our strength lies in constructive criticism, respectful challenges, artistic sharing, openness and exploration.
To learn more about the Nutopia Forum, please visit nutopiaforum.com
To learn more about Platon, please visit platonphoto.com