Travel portrait photography is not just about making a portrait, it is about capturing a moment, an emotion. And for this to happen, one must interact, love people and know how to catch the right moment.

Here is a top-10 list of photographers that are famous for their portraits of people from around the world.

1. Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is famous for his photo ‘Afghan girl,’ taken in a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan. This photo was named the most recognized photo of National Geographic. His other less famous photos are really worth a look!

Source: stevemccurry.com

2. Lee Jeffries

His collection of black and white portraits of homeless people is unique and stunning. He depicts a glimpse of hope in the eyes of his subjects. Simply touching…

Source: leejeffries.500px.com

3. Jimmy Nelsson

Jimmy Nelsson is well-known for his portraits of tribal and indigenous people taken in more than 16 countries. His photos will live to tell the tale. Nelsson’s book is now a collector’s item.

Source: beforethey.com

4. Rehahn

Rehahn is specially focused on photographing Vietnam, Rajasthan and Cuba. He is famous for catching the soul of his subjects. Rehahn is undoubtedly one of the best portrait photographers in the world.

Source: rehahnphotographer.com

5. Eric Lafforgue

Famous for his photos taken in North Korea, Eric Lafforgue has a story for each person he has photographed. From the tribes of Namibia to the Yezedis of Kurdistan, his tales are fascinating and his photos depict some real emotions.

Source: ericlafforgue.com

6. Manny Librodo

The ‘Photoshop wizard’ Manny Librodo’s photos don’t just tell a story, they are pure works of art.

Source: pbase.com

7. Lisa Kristine

Lisa Kristine is a humanitarian photographer who documents indigenous cultures in more than 100 countries and portrays the human dignity in all of us. She is famous for her role in exposing modern day slavery.

Source: lisakristine.com

8. David Lazar

These are breath-taking photos taken in Brazil, Bangladesh and Kenya. David Lazar is always in the pursuit of moments in life.

Source: davidlazarphoto.com

9. Joel Santos

The meaningful look of these portraits says it all. Joel Santos demonstrates the feeling of his subjects.

Source: joelsantos.net

10. Phil Borges

His photos of Tibetan refugees are unique and the hardship is felt throughout his work.

Source: philborges.com

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