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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.

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

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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

#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

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DorotaDorotaki
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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

#7

Egyptian Woman Kisses A Policeman That Refused To Fire On Protestors

Egyptian Woman Kisses A Policeman That Refused To Fire On Protestors

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#9

This Girl Survived 11 Days In A Siberian Forest

This Girl Survived 11 Days In A Siberian Forest

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#10

Black Baby Holding An Albino Baby

Black Baby Holding An Albino Baby

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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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#13

Unknown Soldier On Duty In South Vietnam, 1965

Unknown Soldier On Duty In South Vietnam, 1965

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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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#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

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#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

#19

A 106-Year-Old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home

A 106-Year-Old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home

Armineh Johannes Report

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DavidMorgan
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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

#22

The Migrant Mother - An Iconic Image Of The Great Depression

The Migrant Mother - An Iconic Image Of The Great Depression

Dorothea Lange Report

#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

#25

Siberian Family Meal

Siberian Family Meal

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

#27

The Eyes That Speak - A Muslim Woman Wearing A Hijab

The Eyes That Speak - A Muslim Woman Wearing A Hijab

Steve McCurry Report

#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

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LuzHerrera
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#32

A Girl From The Minority Yazidi Sect Rests At The Iraqi-Syrian Border

A Girl From The Minority Yazidi Sect Rests At The Iraqi-Syrian Border

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#33

Boy From The Suri Tribe

Boy From The Suri Tribe

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#34

A Girl Covered In Traditional Body Paint Holds Her Puppy

A Girl Covered In Traditional Body Paint Holds Her Puppy

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#35

A Final Embrace: The Most Haunting Photograph From Bangladesh

A Final Embrace: The Most Haunting Photograph From Bangladesh

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#36

Stilt Fishermen

Stilt Fishermen

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so cool. I can't imagine the skill (not to mention strength) it takes to do this.

#38

A Man Cries While Flipping Through A Family Album He Found In The Rubble Of His Old House

A Man Cries While Flipping Through A Family Album He Found In The Rubble Of His Old House

Mads Nissen Report

#39

Portrait Photographer in Afghanistan

Portrait Photographer in Afghanistan

Steve McCurry Report

#40

Tea Time In Yamal, Russia

Tea Time In Yamal, Russia

Сергей Анисимов Report

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#41

Cuban Woman Smoking A Cigar And Holding A Ring Flash

Cuban Woman Smoking A Cigar And Holding A Ring Flash

Jorge Pozuelo Report

#42

An 18 Year Old IDF Soldier Pauses After A Long Run In Full Gear And Battle Paint

An 18 Year Old IDF Soldier Pauses After A Long Run In Full Gear And Battle Paint

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this is my favourite of the entire series. Very beautiful photograph!

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#43

Rabari Tribal Elder, India

Rabari Tribal Elder, India

Steve McCurry Report

#44

Toshimana, A Maiko In Kyoto, Japan

Toshimana, A Maiko In Kyoto, Japan

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#45

Papua New Guinea Woman During A Singsing Celebration In Mount Hagen

Papua New Guinea Woman During A Singsing Celebration In Mount Hagen

Eric Lafforgue Report

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've been to a sing sing in Mt Hagen when I was 13 years old- crazy with cassowary races, insane bungee jumping & pet tree kangaroos !

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#46

Village Elder In Sapa, Vietnam

Village Elder In Sapa, Vietnam

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#47

One Of The Last Four White Rhino's In The World (kenya)

One Of The Last Four White Rhino's In The World (kenya)

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sad he must live with bodyguards instead of being free and happy... Hope they'll be able to save him and the three other ones.

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#48

A Girl Holds A Rifle As Fighters Of Al-quds Brigades, The Military Wing Of Islamic Jihad, Gather In Gaza City

A Girl Holds A Rifle As Fighters Of Al-quds Brigades, The Military Wing Of Islamic Jihad, Gather In Gaza City

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#50

Peace

Peace

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JoeHoehn
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are still plenty of men, women & children who want our help in the world. God bless our troops!

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#51

Minority Village Girls Selling Their Works, Sa Pa, Vietnam

Minority Village Girls Selling Their Works, Sa Pa, Vietnam

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#52

Woman In Traditional Costume, Maramures, Romania

Woman In Traditional Costume, Maramures, Romania

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#53

A Man Pouring Tea In The Middle Of Desert, Jordany,

A Man Pouring Tea In The Middle Of Desert, Jordany,

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#54

Homeless Man On The Day Of The Summer Festival, Tirana, Albania.

Homeless Man On The Day Of The Summer Festival, Tirana, Albania.

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#55

Syrian Refugee At Turkey

Syrian Refugee At Turkey

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#56

Abdwla Ojalan

Abdwla Ojalan

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#57

An Old Burmese Woman

An Old Burmese Woman

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#59

Old Muila Smile... Southern Angola.

Old Muila Smile... Southern Angola.

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#62

Kathakali Dancer From Kerela

Kathakali Dancer From Kerela

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#63

Taking A Break At Burning Man

Taking A Break At Burning Man

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TarynWallace
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Burning Man is one of the best experiences I have had. The people are amazing, there's no judgement and you can just be yourself. I believe

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#64

Taghi The Carpenter!

Taghi The Carpenter!

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh I just want to shake his hand! He looks like a gentle and kind man.

#65

Icelandic Womens In The Country (1930-1940)

Icelandic Womens In The Country (1930-1940)

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#66

Purple Hands (hmong Of Vietnam)

Purple Hands (hmong Of Vietnam)

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#67

Man Sleeping In A French Train, From Caen To Paris.

Man Sleeping In A French Train, From Caen To Paris.

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#69

Rice Farmer In Small Vietnamese Village

Rice Farmer In Small Vietnamese Village

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#70

Coming Home From The Coal Mine - Near Datong, China

Coming Home From The Coal Mine - Near Datong, China

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#71

An Old Romani Woman Sitting In Front Of Her House In Tirana, Albania

An Old Romani Woman Sitting In Front Of Her House In Tirana, Albania

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#72

Love Vs War

Love Vs War

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#74

Woman Having A Beer In Barcelona.

Woman Having A Beer In Barcelona.

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah, the good ole' spanish-something-spanish dictionary for travelers

#75

Reina Isabel From La Chureca A 31 Years Old Scavenger With Tuberculosis."

Reina Isabel From La Chureca A 31 Years Old Scavenger With Tuberculosis."

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#76

Girl Standing Near Her Home, Kenya

Girl Standing Near Her Home, Kenya

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#77

Cape Verde - Watching The Fishes

Cape Verde - Watching The Fishes

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#78

Female 'igorot' Elder Begging From Tourists - (baguio City, Philippines

Female 'igorot' Elder Begging From Tourists - (baguio City, Philippines

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#79

Bataan Death March Survivor Relives A Moment In Time.

Bataan Death March Survivor Relives A Moment In Time.

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#80

"la Jeune Fille A La Fleur"

"la Jeune Fille A La Fleur"

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“La Jeune Fille À La Fleur”... http://lesensdesimages.com/2012/06/05/analyse-dun-photographie-la-fille-a-la-fleur-de-marc-riboud-1967/

#81

A Eldery Icelandic Woman Serving Sweets

A Eldery Icelandic Woman Serving Sweets

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#82

Child In Baia Mare Ghetto, Romania. (c) Gus Palmer

Child In Baia Mare Ghetto, Romania. (c) Gus Palmer

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Anita Foster
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How great a contrast between this picture and the joyous old thai man on the next picture.... So sad

#83

A Very Long Journey - Vietnam

A Very Long Journey - Vietnam

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#84

An Old Woman Sittng In The Afternoon Sun, Near Ponferrada, Spain.

An Old Woman Sittng In The Afternoon Sun, Near Ponferrada, Spain.

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Little Girl, Kenya

Little Girl, Kenya

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#86

Capitana Grande Fidelia From Guaraní-izozog, Bolivia.

Capitana Grande Fidelia From Guaraní-izozog, Bolivia.

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#87

Children Performing Traditional Japanese Dance: Sendai, Japan

Children Performing Traditional Japanese Dance: Sendai, Japan

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#88

Old Thai Man With His Monkey

Old Thai Man With His Monkey

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Horrid man. Yeah, it's very cute that you have a monkey chained up and with that heavy ring around his neck.

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#90

In The House Gate / No Portão De Casa

In The House Gate / No Portão De Casa

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#91

Hand Rolling 6000 Incense Sticks Per Day - Mysore Southern India - Credit Ashley Calvert

Hand Rolling 6000 Incense Sticks Per Day - Mysore Southern India - Credit Ashley Calvert

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#92

Cape Verde - Two Kids Getting Ready To Jump

Cape Verde - Two Kids Getting Ready To Jump

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#93

Peruvian Woman, Cuzco, Peru (by Gina Mako)

Peruvian Woman, Cuzco, Peru (by Gina Mako)

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#94

Malnutrition

Malnutrition

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the fight we all must instead of fighting for subjective stupidity.

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#95

Zé Pretinho, A Sculptor Of Dolls In Brazil

Zé Pretinho, A Sculptor Of Dolls In Brazil

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#96

Celtic Pavilion At The Annual Winnipeg Folklorama - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Celtic Pavilion At The Annual Winnipeg Folklorama - Winnipeg, Manitoba

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#98

Peshmerge Kurdistan

Peshmerge Kurdistan

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#99

Voladores De Papantla (mexico)

Voladores De Papantla (mexico)

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#100

"i Think, Therefore I Am Free" - Young Manifesting In Bordeaux (france), For #jesuischarlie

"i Think, Therefore I Am Free" - Young Manifesting In Bordeaux (france), For #jesuischarlie

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#101

Bite

Bite

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#102

Abhisumat, 12 Years Old In Thanjavur - India

Abhisumat, 12 Years Old In Thanjavur - India

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#103

On Holiday With Grandad In Slovenia

On Holiday With Grandad In Slovenia

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#104

Brazilian Blue-eyed Boy

Brazilian Blue-eyed Boy

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#105

Brazilian Little Girl And Blue Dress / Menina Brasileira E O Vestido Azul

Brazilian Little Girl And Blue Dress / Menina Brasileira E O Vestido Azul

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#106

Indonesian Kids Playing Plastic Footbal On The Street.

Indonesian Kids Playing Plastic Footbal On The Street.

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#107

In 1974 During The Troubles Of Northern Ireland: Gypsy Girl And Her Carton

In 1974 During The Troubles Of Northern Ireland: Gypsy Girl And Her Carton

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#108

Woman In Vigo, Spain

Woman In Vigo, Spain

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Olhar Ruivo - (catalão/go - Brasil)

Olhar Ruivo - (catalão/go - Brasil)

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