Portrait photography and photojournalism are two potentially intense and powerful art forms that don't always get the recognition they deserve, so we thought we should show you some of the most powerful and diverse portraits of people around the world that we've ever seen.


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Both the faces of the people in these photos and their contexts speak volumes about the people pictured and the worlds they live in. Some can be unimaginably and even horrifically different from ours, while other once-exotic worlds seem to grow closer and more interconnected with our own. Though they are only photos, looking into their eyes can still give us a feeling of connection.

If you have a powerful portrait that you think should be added to this collection, please don't hesitate to add it and vote for your favorites as well.

#1 Yezidi Girl Carries An Assault Rifle To Protect Her Family Against ISIS

Yezidi Girl Carries An Assault Rifle To Protect Her Family Against ISIS

Zmnako Ismael Khalid Report

PierretteVanasse 1 year ago

Should not have to live like this...

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#2 Somayeh Mehri (29) And Her Daughter Rana Afghanipour (3) Give Each Other A Kiss. After Being Disfigured In An Acid Attack, They Say Others Don’t Like To Kiss Them

Somayeh Mehri (29) And Her Daughter Rana Afghanipour (3) Give Each Other A Kiss. After Being Disfigured In An Acid Attack, They Say Others Don’t Like To Kiss Them

Ebrahim Noroozi Report

#3 A Boy Rescues His Sister From Underneath The Rubble Of Their Home In Syria

A Boy Rescues His Sister From Underneath The Rubble Of Their Home In Syria

reuters Report

ClodaghBryan 1 year ago

This is beautiful .

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#4 Heart Surgeon After 23-Hour-Long (Successful) Heart Transplant. His Assistant Is Sleeping

Heart Surgeon After 23-Hour-Long (Successful) Heart Transplant. His Assistant Is Sleeping

James Stanfield Report

DorotaDorotaki 1 year ago

This is Zbigniew Religa - legendary Polish heart surgeon. He died in 2009. There is a movie about his life made last year - 'Bogowie' (Gods)

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#5 Diego Frazão Torquato, A 12-Year-Old Brazilian, Playing Violin At His Teacher’s Funeral

Diego Frazão Torquato, A 12-Year-Old Brazilian, Playing Violin At His Teacher’s Funeral

salvemasnossascriancas.blogspot.com Report

SilverCat 1 year ago

My heart is breaking

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#6 Little Guarani Girl Holds On Tight To A Dead Rat

Little Guarani Girl Holds On Tight To A Dead Rat

Gregory J. Smith Report

UnitySmummy 1 year ago

heart-breaking

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#7 Egyptian Woman Kisses A Policeman That Refused To Fire On Protestors

Egyptian Woman Kisses A Policeman That Refused To Fire On Protestors

tolaire.com Report

UnitySmummy 1 year ago

Wonderful picture...

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#8 Happy Couple In Thailand

Happy Couple In Thailand

Sarawut Intarob Report

amaal80 1 year ago

Sweetness

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#9 This Girl Survived 11 Days In A Siberian Forest

This Girl Survived 11 Days In A Siberian Forest

huffingtonpost.com Report

MelissaM 1 year ago

Beautiful!!

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#10 Black Baby Holding An Albino Baby

Black Baby Holding An Albino Baby

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KostasPapadakis 1 year ago

Vanilla or Chocolate? Both is better!

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#11 Boy From Sao Paulo

Boy From Sao Paulo

David Lazar Report

UnitySmummy 1 year ago

Beautiful

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#12 A 13-Year-Old Eagle Huntress In Mongolia

A 13-Year-Old Eagle Huntress In Mongolia

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SusanBroerman 1 year ago

I showed this to my American, sleepy 13 year old daughter...

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#13 Unknown Soldier On Duty In South Vietnam, 1965

Unknown Soldier On Duty In South Vietnam, 1965

Horst Faas Report

ScooterJohnson 1 year ago

Good looking man, wonder where he is now????

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#14 Two Women Who Were Finally Able To Marry After 72 Years Together

Two Women Who Were Finally Able To Marry After 72 Years Together

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ChristineCalvin 1 year ago

God is love. Bless them both and the clergy who married them✨

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#15 Blind Albino Students Stand In A Dorm At The Vivekananda Mission School In India

Blind Albino Students Stand In A Dorm At The Vivekananda Mission School In India

Brent Stirton Report

KatoHilbolling 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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#16 Shaolin Monks Training

Shaolin Monks Training

Steve McCurry Report

#17 Rwandan Boy Left Scarred After Being Liberated From A Death Camp

Rwandan Boy Left Scarred After Being Liberated From A Death Camp

James Nachtwey Report

ShereenFakhouri 1 year ago

This is terrible...racism and genocide are so messed up

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#18 Girl And Baobabs In Madagascar

Girl And Baobabs In  Madagascar

Ken Thorne Report

#19 A 106-Year-Old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home

A 106-Year-Old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home

Armineh Johannes Report

DavidMorgan 1 year ago

There are many Armenian women both young and old,who protect their homes like this in nowadays.

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#20 A Chinese Paramilitary Police Recruit Breaks Into Tears Before Shipping Off For Service

A Chinese Paramilitary Police Recruit Breaks Into Tears Before Shipping Off For Service

imgur.com Report

ScooterJohnson 1 year ago

Soooo scared.....he is just a child....

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#21 Omayra Trapped Under The Fallen Debris Of Her House. She Died Just Hours After This Photo Was Taken

Omayra Trapped Under The Fallen Debris Of Her House. She Died Just Hours After This Photo Was Taken

Frank Fournier Report

NancyMichel 1 year ago

Really heartbreaking. Wish I had a magic wand to heal the world.

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#22 The Migrant Mother - An Iconic Image Of The Great Depression

The Migrant Mother - An Iconic Image Of The Great Depression

Dorothea Lange Report

EdwardMills 1 year ago

Classic photo journalism.

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#23 Chief Of A Village In Brazil

Chief Of A Village In Brazil

David Lazar Report

PierretteVanasse 1 year ago

He seems happy enough...

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#24 A Malnourished Mother And Child At An Emergency Feeding Center In Tahoua, Niger

A Malnourished Mother And Child At An Emergency Feeding Center In Tahoua, Niger

Finbarr O'Reilly Report

PierretteVanasse 1 year ago

horrors of this planet...

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#25 Siberian Family Meal

Siberian Family Meal

imgur.com Report

AmyWeiss 1 year ago

I like that they're having this big, bloody meal...and drinking out of teacups.

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#26 A Miner Takes A Break Inside An Unregulated Coalmine In Sabinas, Mexico

A Miner Takes A Break Inside An Unregulated Coalmine In Sabinas, Mexico

Reuters Report

DanielFlynn 1 year ago

BAN IT! UNREGULATED MINES!

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#27 The Eyes That Speak - A Muslim Woman Wearing A Hijab

The Eyes That Speak - A Muslim Woman Wearing A Hijab

Steve McCurry Report

AmySweeny 1 year ago

She looks terrified

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#28 Geisha In Subway

Geisha In Subway

Steve McCurry Report

PauloGarcia 1 year ago

This is a maiko, not a geisha.

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#29 A Woman With Ambras Syndrome. In The Middle Ages, These People Were Called Werewolves

A Woman With Ambras Syndrome. In The Middle Ages, These People Were Called Werewolves

Bronek Kaminski Report

LuzHerrera 1 year ago

I think the hair on her face must be soft and silky. in fact it makes me wanna hug her and kiss her on her cheeks :)

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#30 A Coal Miner Smokes A Cigarette After Finishing His Shift On The Outskirts Of Changzhi

A Coal Miner Smokes A Cigarette After Finishing His Shift On The Outskirts Of Changzhi

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guess 1 year ago

As if your lungs weren't destroyed enough...

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