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

Zmnako Ismael Khalid Report

PierretteVanasse 3 years 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

FaizalFand 3 years ago

i feel so sorry

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#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 3 years 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 3 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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#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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

Wonderful picture...

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#8 Happy Couple In Thailand

Happy Couple In Thailand

Sarawut Intarob Report

amaal80 3 years 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 3 years ago

Beautiful!!

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#10 Black Baby Holding An Albino Baby

Black Baby Holding An Albino Baby

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KostasPapadakis 3 years ago

Vanilla or Chocolate? Both is better!

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