A portrait often pauses events and allows viewers to look into the eyes of the participants. Candid moments are usually how stories are told, but sometimes the interaction between photographer and subject tells its own story. Like a movie character who breaks the fourth wall, a portrait can arrest our gaze when we’re otherwise focused on narrative, forcing us to consider an individual. Collected here is a celebration of that special genre of photojournalism, the portrait.--By Lane Turner
A man watches as Indian Sikhs protest the acquittal of ruling Congress party leader Sajjan Kumar in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Altaf Qadri/associated press)
Members of some thirty families who live under a bridge rest amid candlelight after the illegal electric supply they were using was cut in Manila on October 29, 2014. Almost 30 families live under the bridge with some earning money by selling flowers and collecting plastic botlles, earing an average of 4 US dollars a day. The Philippines announced in April 2014 plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift millions out of poverty. (NOEL CELIS/AFp/getty images)
Hla Hla May, a Rohingya Muslim woman displaced by violence, holds her one year old daughter Roshan at a former rubber factory that now serves as their shelter, near Sittwe, Myanmar on April 29, 2013. (DAMIR SAGOLJ/reuters)
Eduardo Rasberge, 48, known as Suitcase Woman paints his face as he prepares for the Banda de Ipanema block parade, a pre-Carnival event, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (Silvia Izquierdo/associated press)
Matua Fallah waits to receive a small ration of rice at a makeshift distribution center on August 23, 2014 in Dolo Town, Liberia. The government has been slow to deliver sufficient food aid to the town of some 20,000 people, following an August 20 quarantine to stop the ebola epidemic from spreading from the community, located near Liberia's international airport. (John Moore/getty images)
A Palestinian protester stands during clashes with the Israeli army in Qalandia in the occupied West Bank on May 15, 2013 as Palestinians held rallies marking Nakba Day. (MARCO LONGARI/afp/getty images)
A performer waits backstage during the Lucha Va Voom's Cinco de Mayan show at the Mayan Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, California, on May 5, 2013. (JOE KLAMAR/afp/getty images)
Freedom Fighter of the Xtreme Justice League looks out from behind his mask while on patrol in San Diego, California October 4, 2014. Founded by Mr. Xtreme in 2006, the group of volunteers creates their own super hero identities and patrols the streets of San Diego offering assistance to those in need. (MIKE BLAKE/reuters)
Matt Gone, known as "Checkered Man," poses for a photo at a during the VIII International Tattoo Artist Convention in Bogota, Colombia on Nov. 15, 2014. (Fernando Vergara)
An actress of the Grusellabyrinth poses for photographs in Bottrop, Germany, 29 October 2014. The Grusellabyrinth (Horror Maze) will open on 13 February 2015. (ROLAND WEIHRAUCH/EPA)
Participants pose for a photographer during the third LGBT Parade in Mare complexed favela (community) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 7, 2014. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/afp/getty images)
A Bahraini Shiite Muslim girl takes part in a ceremony marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama on November 4, 2014. (MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/afp/getty images)
People wait for a bus in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on November 16, 2014. (MENAHEM KAHANA/afp/getty images)
A North Korean woman watches a pro wrestling exhibition on Aug. 30, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Wong Maye-E/associated Press)
A girl with her body covered in red paint poses for a portrait during the Santo Domingo festivities in Managua, Nicaragua. The faithful coat their bodies in used motor oil or red paint, and dress in traditional costumes as a promise for a prayer or miracle they believe was performed or answered by Managua's patron saint, Santo Domingo de Guzman. In the capital city the first 10 days of August are reserved for the carnival-like celebration of Santo Domingo with processions, bullfights, parties and church services. (Esteban Felix/associated press)
An indigenous man stands inside the abandoned old Indian museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 21, 2013. (Felipe Dana/associated press)
A young Indian Shiite Muslim, bleeding after self-flagellating during Ashura, looks at the camera at a street in New Delhi, India on Nov. 4, 2014. (Bernat Armangue)
Somali child Mohammed, suffering from malaria, recovers at a clinic run by the Burundian contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia at their base in Mogadishu. (TOBIN JONES/afp/au-un ist )
Honduran migrant Blanca Lydia Valenzuela, 61, wipes a tear while at a shelter for undocumented immigrants on September 15, 2014 in Tenosique, Mexico. She said she comes to Mexico twice a year to search for her son Manuel Hernandez Valenzuela, who dissappeared while crossing through Mexico to re-enter the United States in 2003. He had earlier been deported back to Honduras after working in New Orleans for three years. (John Moore/getty images)
A woman wears a face-kini as she poses on August 21, 2014 in the Yellow Sea in Qingdao, China. The locally designed mask is worn by many local women to protect them from jellyfish stings, algae and the sun's ultraviolet rays. (Kevin Frayer/getty images)
A newly-wed couple pose for pictures in front of a giant portrait of China's late leader Mao Zedong at a railway station, in Shaoshan, Mao's hometown, Hunan province November 16, 2014. (CHINA DAILY/reuters)
Monks from Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena attend a speech by Ashin Wirathu at a BBS convention in Colombo, Sri Lanka on September 28, 2014. Wirathu, a radical monk who heads a movement accused of stirring violence against Muslims in Myanmar has announced a partnership with BBS, a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka to defend their religion. (DINUKA LIYANAWATTE/reuters)
An anti-government protester looks on as he mans a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. (DAVID MDZINARISHVILI/reuters)
A woman looks from a window of her family's tent at a camp for internally displaced persons in al-Mazraq of the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajja May 19, 2013. (Khaled Abdullah/reuters)
M23 rebel recruits attend military lessons in the Rumangabo military camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, May 16, 2013. (JAMES AKENA/reuters)
Students attend a lesson in Sharia law at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. (MAXIM SHEMETOV/reuters)
A boy smiles as he stands behind the fence of a temple during the Seto Machindranath chariot festival in Kathmandu April 21, 2013. The festival is celebrated to pray for rainfall and good harvest for the coming year. (NAVESH CHITRAKAR/reuters)
Members of the North Florida Survival Group wait with their rifles before heading out to perform enemy contact drills during a field training exercise in Old Town, Florida, December 8, 2012. The group trains children and adults alike to handle weapons and survive in the wild. (BRIAN BLANCO/reuters)
Third grader Nolelis Almanzar, 9, (left), and her 2nd grade sister Noreamy Almanzar, 7, both from the Dominican Republic, wait for ther citizenship certificates at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office on February 19, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/getty images)
Amanullah , 20, a drug addict, is chained to a wall during his 40-day incarceration at the Mia Ali Baba shrine in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on June 1, 2013. It is believed locally that 40 days chained to a wall and with a restricted diet of only water, black pepper and bread at the 300-year old shrine can cure the mentally ill, drug addicts and those possessed by spirits. If a shrine keeper decides their situation is improving, they may be unchained for a few minutes so they can pray, walk outside or visit a proper bathroom. (Rahmat Gul/associated press)
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