Portraits

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Ary+SchefferA 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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


Students attend a lesson in Sharia law at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. (MAXIM SHEMETOV/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)

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.

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