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.

#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

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DorotaDorotaki 2 years 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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#10 Black Baby Holding An Albino Baby

Black Baby Holding An Albino Baby

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KostasPapadakis 2 years ago

Vanilla or Chocolate? Both is better!

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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 2 years ago

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

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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 2 years ago

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

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

A 106-Year-Old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home

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DavidMorgan 2 years ago

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

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#25 Siberian Family Meal

Siberian Family Meal

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AmyWeiss 2 years ago

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

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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

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LuzHerrera 2 years 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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