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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

Wonderful picture...

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#8

Happy Couple In Thailand

Happy Couple In Thailand

Sarawut Intarob Report

amaal80
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

Vanilla or Chocolate? Both is better!

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#11

Boy From Sao Paulo

Boy From Sao Paulo

David Lazar Report

UnitySmummy
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful!

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#16

Shaolin Monks Training

Shaolin Monks Training

Steve McCurry Report

MarthaToulia
Community Member
5 years ago

wow!

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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

ShereenFakhouri
Community Member
5 years 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

PaganMoon
Community Member
5 years ago

surreal

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#19

A 106-Year-Old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home

A 106-Year-Old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home

Armineh Johannes Report

DavidMorgan
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years ago

horrors of this planet...

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#25

Siberian Family Meal

Siberian Family Meal

imgur.com Report

AmyWeiss
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years ago

She looks terrified

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#28

Geisha In Subway

Geisha In Subway

Steve McCurry Report

PauloGarcia
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 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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#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
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#31

Ethiopian Girl From The Hamer Tribe

Ethiopian Girl From The Hamer Tribe

imgur.com Report

CharlotteKnobeloch
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful!!!

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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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PierretteVanasse
Community Member
5 years ago

Her eyes seem to have seen it all already...

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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

David Lazar Report

#35

A Final Embrace: The Most Haunting Photograph From Bangladesh

A Final Embrace: The Most Haunting Photograph From Bangladesh

time.com Report

JuliaS
Community Member
5 years ago

Devastating :( RIP

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#36

Stilt Fishermen

Stilt Fishermen

Steve McCurry Report

TarynWallace
Community Member
5 years ago

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

#37

Rabari Shepherd

Rabari Shepherd

Steve McCurry Report

AdrianaA
Community Member
5 years ago

It's like from a movie

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#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

TracyColes
Community Member
5 years ago

:-(

#39

Portrait Photographer in Afghanistan

Portrait Photographer in Afghanistan

Steve McCurry Report

MariaJoãoBarata
Community Member
5 years ago

a portrait of the portrait-maker :P

#40

Tea Time In Yamal, Russia

Tea Time In Yamal, Russia

Сергей Анисимов Report

#41

Cuban Woman Smoking A Cigar And Holding A Ring Flash

Cuban Woman Smoking A Cigar And Holding A Ring Flash

Jorge Pozuelo Report

KimDavey-Irvin
Community Member
5 years ago

... and she's just 14! smoking is bad, kids.

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#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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MaartenKuiper
Community Member
5 years ago

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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JoanO'Connor
Community Member
5 years ago

She is beautiful.

#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

LeisaCearr
Community Member
5 years ago

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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MelindaPerrett
Community Member
5 years ago

There is just something about her. I bet she is awesome.

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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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JeanneDeaux
Community Member
5 years ago

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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cabana85
Community Member
5 years ago

Terrible. Let the child be.

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#49

India

India

SteveMccury Report

AndyFaulkner
Community Member
5 years ago

Such joy!

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#50

Peace

Peace

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JoeHoehn
Community Member
5 years ago

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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DanielSauvageau
Community Member
5 years ago

All very special, it is still a big world, and an unjust one.

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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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SmilazMusik
Community Member
5 years ago

This photo makes this simple moment look so amazing.

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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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SmilazMusik
Community Member
5 years ago

He is smiling wle s eyes look so sad.

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#55

Syrian Refugee At Turkey

Syrian Refugee At Turkey

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KimDavey-Irvin
Community Member
5 years ago

no child in this world should have to suffer so.

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#56

Abdwla Ojalan

Abdwla Ojalan

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WryaRaheem
Community Member
5 years ago

He is good man Ojalan

#57

An Old Burmese Woman

An Old Burmese Woman

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KalypsoDavid
Community Member
5 years ago

elegant lady

#58

Cusquenita / Child In Cusco / PerÚ

Cusquenita / Child In Cusco / PerÚ

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VivianGrammatikopoulou
Community Member
5 years ago

Lovely!

#59

Old Muila Smile... Southern Angola.

Old Muila Smile... Southern Angola.

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KimDavey-Irvin
Community Member
5 years ago

dumela, mma.

#60

Memorial

Memorial

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RachelWhite
Community Member
5 years ago

God Bless

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#61

Loyalty

Loyalty

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PandaBrewr
Community Member
5 years ago

This is indeed a powerful moment.

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#62

Kathakali Dancer From Kerela

Kathakali Dancer From Kerela

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SajithLal
Community Member
5 years ago

It's Kerala not "Kerela".

#63

Taking A Break At Burning Man

Taking A Break At Burning Man

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TarynWallace
Community Member
5 years ago

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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selchidh
Community Member
4 years ago

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)

Unknownphothografer Report

#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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Fatima Fernandez
Community Member
5 years ago

hermosa foto

#68

Korean Army Training

Korean Army Training

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FifiShufs
Community Member
5 years ago

North Korea?

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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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IndreMacenas
Community Member
5 years ago

I wish I had this kind of smile after day in the office :)

#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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TeresaNorosky
Community Member
5 years ago

This was photographed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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#73

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde

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IbrahimSanta
Community Member
5 years ago

:)

#74

Woman Having A Beer In Barcelona.

Woman Having A Beer In Barcelona.

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P.Brux FHell
Community Member
5 years ago

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