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.
1Usually, I don't smile in pics so this is very rare. My friend took this while I wasn't paying attention at a BBQ recently
2Maldivian Girl with Aquablue Eyes
3A circus dwarf eats at a diner in New Jersey, 1958. Photo by Bruce Davidson
4My 86 year old math teacher. He’s been teaching for 6 decades
5Lithuanian Woman in Traditional Garb
6Japanese samurai during the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate, circa 1865
7A tribesman from rural Papua New Guinea with his face painted like an undead spirit
8Maldivian model Raudha Athif
9Four Tibetan monks came into this guy's drag show in Beijing because they were drawn in by the music and laughter
10Georgian chess player, Sopiko Guramishvili. She was awarded the titles Woman Grandmaster in 2009 and International Master in 2012
11Little girl is thrilled by her Dad's amazing balancing act in Melbourne, Australia
Stanislav Petrov, the man who made the decision not to fire at the United States after a faulty report from the Russian missile detection that a nuke had been fired, which probably prevented WWIII.