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In a small uptown studio once owned by Richard Avedon a sprightly young man in a button-down, a dress vest, jeans, and white tennis shoes is addressing a small crowd of New Yorkers in his endearing British accent.

This is Suite A, Avedon’s renovated studio at 75th and 1st, on Wednesday night, and the man is the well-known and loved portrait photographer Platon. Having recently released a retrospective book, Platon’s Republic, he has come as the first photographer to lead what will hopefully be a regular slide show at the studio.