Portrait of Humanity is a timely reminder that we are all united by our shared humanity. These images show us the world through the eyes of photographers from all over the globe, capturing the many faces of humanity, and documenting the universal expressions of life.
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by Roland ‘Kilimanjaro’ Błażejewski
I met this couple in Berlin. They were sitting together on the side of a street when I started a conversation with them. We talked for a long time and the man repeated, ‘We are a family, we are together, we are strong’ over and over. When I got up to leave I glanced back at them and took this photograph.
by Bente Marei Stachowske
Mediterranean Sea, close to the Libyan coast
I joined the crew of a rescue ship as it patrolled international waters in search of refugees. This mother and baby were rescued from a rubber dinghy.
by Johanna Berghorn
There is something special about motherly love.
It has an intensity and strength I can’t put into words.
by Camila Falcão
São Paulo, Brazil
When I was photographing Onika she told me about her experience of transitioning: from the side effects of the hormonal therapy to how good it felt to have curves. But she also talked about the violence against transgender people in Brazil.
by Charlie Kwai
Mexico City, Mexico
This Mexican boy dressed as Captain America walked unaccompanied down a street in Mexico City.
by Sam Robinson
by Marinka Masséus
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The superstitions surrounding albinism run deep in Tanzanian society. Many children are rejected by their families and live in camps where they are often mistreated.
by Samuel Zuder
Mount Kailash, Tibet
These two friends – pilgrims – were dressed almost identically and looked like twins to me. They had travelled thousands of kilometres to worship at the holy mountain.
by Jack Lawson
Limb amputation is commonplace in Nigeria, especially among young men. Primary causes include diabetic complications and trauma, such as road accidents. One group of amputees refusing to be held back is the country’s amputee football team, Special Eagles. Football has brought these men together and they share an incredible bond.
by Sebastián Delgado Caicedo
In 2008, the Giraldo family fled from danger in Colombia and lived in Venezuela for seven years until they were ordered to leave. They left behind the life they had built to face an uncertain future in their home country.
by Tajette O’Halloran
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
I took this photograph one evening while staying with my grandma. She was undressing from the day and I was about to hop into the shower. As I walked through her room to use her en-suite bathroom, she looked at me and said, ‘Oi vey, what a figure!’ She then stood next to me, shrugged, and lifted up her breasts to where they might have sat 58 years ago when she was my age. I laughed and laughed and Grandma giggled her infectious little giggle. She died on 11 March 2018 at the age of 94 and I can still hear her voice: ‘Put that damn camera away!’
by Anna Berry
Milton Keynes, UK
I met Lissy in a feminist group and found her to be incredibly fierce yet vulnerable. Her demeanour in this image is queenly, magnificent and unapologetic, and yet there is a sadness too.
by Pieter de Vos
KwaMhlanga, South Africa
Christopher has spent most of his life on the economic margins of South Africa despite his dogged pursuit of employment and stable housing. ‘I was a street kid,’ he said. ‘The kid that grows up on the street is in no man’s land.’
by Jeff Borkowski
Burlington, Vermont, USA
by Marina Sersale
by Bruna Rotunno
I was looking out of the window from my hotel room that overlooked a swimming pool. No guests were swimming because of heavy rain, but suddenly this little girl leapt into the water.
by Manon Ouimet
Dan lost his arm and shoulder in a motorbike accident. ‘Beauty is about knowing and accepting who you are,’ he says. ‘I would class myself as a lucky guy because I am comfortable in my own skin.’
by Álvaro Maria Gómez-Pidal
The water was cold and Mateo was fearful but he ventured in anyway.
by Cesar Dezfuli
Mediterranean Sea, Libya
Amadou, a young Malian, moments after he and 117 fellow travellers were rescued from the sea. The boat he was on had only departed Libya a short while earlier.
by Guoman Liao
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Charles is a friend who I met on a photo shoot. He is a model and student from Kelowna, Canada. I used the flower as a contrast to my subject, and to show both the gentleness and masculinity of Charles.
by Bartłomiej Jurecki
Wladyslaw Stopka Faktor lives in a house he built and has a small farm in Tatra County, a region where highlanders’ faces are marked by struggle and pride. Highlanders are tough, but their hearts are big. Wladyslaw has worked as a carpenter and can also sew. ‘God has given me manual skills and poverty has taught me everything.’
by Roman Shalenkin
This is 28-year-old Alyona who works in a coal factory. When I spoke to her she said that everyone always asks why she works in such a dark, damp, dirty place. ‘It is necessary to have a vocation and this is mine,’ she said. ‘I do not imagine anything else.’
by Ty Faruki
A volunteer searches for victims of the Rwandan genocide at an excavation site. In April 2018, four mass graves concealing the remains of tens of thousands of people were discovered.
by Phil Melia
I saw this gentleman outside the Friends’ Meeting House in Manchester, where the city’s quaker community meet regularly. His beliefs of truth, integrity, simplicity, equality, peace and sustainability were not only represented in his public display but also in his persona.
by Alice Zoo
Ray swims daily at the Ladies’ Pond in Hampstead Heath, even in winter when water temperatures reach as low as -1°C. When it’s really cold, she wears rubber gloves secured with elastic bands.
by Sarah Weal
I took this photograph of 10-year-old Ella backstage at a production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. She had a fantastic gaze.
by Katinka Herbert Havana
by Martin Hartley
Men in a remote village in the Indian Himalayas gather together for a prayer reading during a Puja ceremony.
by Dilan Bozyel
My friend Alper Akçay, a whirling dervish, performs a Samâ dance [a sacred ritual among Sufis who are also known as ‘mystic Muslims’].
by Isabela Pacini
Boris Nikolaev is a colonel in the Russian Armed Forces. I photographed him in his home in Moscow where he lives with his wife and daughter.
by Olly Burn
Hanksville, Utah, USA
This is Commander Cassandra Klos at the Mars Desert Research Station, which is owned and operated by the Mars Society. Its primary function is to simulate life as it would be on Mars.
by Kevin Faingnaert
by Iorgis Matyassy
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Faso is a horseman and master of equestrian vaulting. I was impressed by how easily he got the horse to lie down, as though the animal was a pet dog.
by Javier Cortés
by Marco Marcone
Yamal, Siberia, Russia
A Nenets boy plays while his father and grandfather are out hunting. Nenets people are famous for herding reindeer but their way of life is under threat from the extraction of natural resources, pollution and climate change.
by Frankie Caradonna
by Joey Carrapichano
Red Hill, South Africa
This is Given Mlalazi who is originally from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. He is the nephew of a friend of mine and lives in Red Hill, a shanty town close to the Cape Peninsula. The shacks and small dwellings of Red Hill are inhabited by a diverse population of African people, but levels of violent crime are high. People live very basic lives in an environment where anything can happen.
by Ellie Smith
Silver’s costume was so different to anything else. I had seen at Birmingham Comic Con. There was something endearing about the way she was walking along carrying her character’s head under her arm.
by Giulia Frigieri
Since 2013, Shahla Yasini has been challenging stereotypes of Middle Eastern women by pioneering the surfing scene in southeast Iran. She represents a new Iranian youth who are proud, courageous and ready to fight for their freedom.
by Georgina Goodwin
Fardouse Ibrahim Aden, 22, shares a quiet moment with her youngest child, one-year-old Ahmed. At the health centre she has access to nutrition supplements for her children who are suffering from malnutrition as a result of a two-year drought in the Sanaag region.
by Kunal Gupta
Kambala is an annual festival centered around the traditional buffalo race, a popular and unique sport among Karnataka’s farming community. Teams from across Karnataka and Tamil Nadu race pairs of buffalo down muddy paddy fields.
by David Cantor
Samy was raised in western France but towards adulthood he found it challenging to reconcile the conservatism of his home region with his own flamboyant nature. Samy moved to London where he found the freedom to be himself.
by Sam Armstrong
I was walking down a quiet street in Paris when I came across a basketball court sandwiched between two large buildings. It was bursting with colours and I heard echoes of balls bouncing and kids’ laughter. I returned to the court every day for months, got to know the people and slowly started taking some pictures.
by Stephanie Diani
New York City, New York, USA
Brianna came to my studio for a portrait session. I was going to change the light on her but as she stood and waited she turned just enough so that her face was mostly shadowed but her eyes still glowed.
by Marco Panzetti
Settimo Torinese, Italy
Fatima, originally from Mali, arrived in Italy after crossing the Mediterranean Sea during the migrant crisis. Fatima was with her husband, and she was pregnant. When I met her, she was waiting for her asylum request to be processed. I took this photograph at the entrance of her tent in the reception camp for asylum seekers where she was hosted.
by Patricia Gutiérrez
Niyonshuti was five years old when he became an orphan and found himself living in the streets. At the age of 10 he was taken in by the Streets Ahead Children’s Centre Association and had the chance to go to school. At 26, Niyonshuti graduated from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Rwanda.
by Karan Kumar Sachdev
Madgo and Lokkhmi belong to the Dongria Kondh tribe. They are friends and live in the same village in the Niyamgiri Hills where they grew up together.
by Mateusz Baj
by Linelle Deunk
Mukono District, Uganda
by Karsten Thormaehlen
Los Angeles, California, USA
Ninety-nine-year-old Betty has been married to 101-year-old Morrie for almost eight decades. They have travelled the world together.
by Neil Thomas
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
This woman belongs to the Mursi tribe. Mostly it is the men who are armed, but she told me her husband was away and so she had to take over his role as protector of the family and their livestock.
by Darren Smith
Cherry Poppins is a Dutch drag queen and performer. She is known as a funky, energetic, creative, fierce, fabulous soul-mama.
by Luca Bracali
Khövsgöl Aimag, Mongolia
The Tsaatan people herd reindeer, but theirs is a precarious way of life. In late summer, the rainy season arrives and with it lightning, which ignites forests and kills reindeer. In these conditions milking the reindeer is dangerous and women often cover their hair with cloth to protect against static electricity.
by Magnus Cederlund
He came every day to feed the pigeons and really loved it, so he danced with them.
by Kaan Yuan Chiam
A congregation of devout muslims turns towards Mecca to pray.
by Jørn Tomter
Children at Kingsmead Primary School in Hackney lie on the ground and look up. Perhaps they are doing something we have all done, which is to contemplate what is ahead and what is out there.
by Pieter Henket
Mbomo District, Congo
We asked this group of kids if they could climb into the tree and within 20 seconds they had placed themselves in these spots. They have participated in storytelling workshops set up by Tales of Us, an organisation who communicates the urgency of protecting the world’s most powerful and fragile ecosystems and the people who call them home. The kids’ stories became the inspiration for a series of photographs called Congo Tales.
by Jon Spangsvig
Four ladies who have just received local anaesthetic are minutes from getting potentially life-changing cataract surgery. Even though they don’t know each other they find comfort in sitting close, touching and feeling.
by Maxim Marmur
Kuzbass, Siberia, Russia
by John Nassari
by Murat Ozkasim
‘I was 28 when I had an accident on a trampoline and my leg was amputated above the knee 18 months later. It made me grieve for the active person I once was [as a former dancer and gymnast] but gradually I began to accept the new me and rediscovered my competitive spirit. I have achieved more as an amputee than I ever did before and absolutely love pushing myself. There are no limits anymore.’ – Nancy Harris, model
by Patrick Gries
Because albinism affects the production of melanin – the pigment that colours skin, hair and eyes – many albinos have serious problems with their vision. Some, like Kefulazia, have a hard time opening their eyes at all when the light is strong. Kefulazia lives in a ‘school’ where some 120 children with albinism are confined.
by Andrea Zvadova
Albinism, though beautiful and unique, is still misunderstood. Joanne is a young albino woman. She has an incredible persona, confidence and drive.
by Peyton Fulford
Athens, Georgia, USA
by Sabiha Çimen
Nehir embraces her soulmate, Yaren, at a school event where they sing songs and eat watermelon. She whispers in her ear a secret that is between just them.
by Guoman Liao
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
by Nour Eddine El Ghoumari
Rif Mountains, Morocco
Sara is five years old. She does not go to school like the other girls in the village. Sara will likely work as a shepherd and help around the house. When she is older, she will get married.
by Anna Mia Davidson
Bothell, Washington, USA
‘I’d like to be seen as a political scientist (I’m studying political science), a representative of my community, a muslim, a female, someone who is politically active, likes to kickbox and perform poetry. I am all of these things.’ – Mennah El-Gammal
by Edu Simões
São Paulo, Brazil
Every day, 59 young Afro-Brazilians are murdered in Brazil. The causes are complex but often involve criminal organisations, police corruption and poverty. Bruno is a ballet dancer who lives in one of São Paulo’s many favelas.
by Carolina Sandretto
‘When I was a child I lived in this house with my parents and grandparents. All my family left Cuba after the revolution. Only my late husband and I stayed
to take care of the house.’ – Josie Alonzo
by Michal Solarski
I met Zlata on the waterfront in Odessa. She had come to the city with her mother to take part in a beauty contest. I thought her Ukrainian dress looked beautiful against the setting sun over the Black Sea. Traditionally, the floral headdresses are worn by young, unmarried women as a sign of their purity; they were once even thought to protect them from evil spirits.
by Máté Bartha
I took this photograph at a military-themed summer camp while a few boys were enacting a jungle mission through a swampy area.
by Luka Łukasiak
This is a portrait of Szymon Bojko when he was 97 years old. The last months of Szymon’s life were difficult. He did not remember many things and wrote down his most important thoughts on small pieces of paper that were distributed everywhere. He was a very charismatic man, an artist, a dandy and a huge womaniser. I spent time with him during the last three years of his life, making portraits of him almost every day.
by Georgina Goodwin
Nyarugusu refugee camp, Tanzania
Newborn Marian is one of approximately 10 babies born every day in the maternity wards of Nyarugusu refugee camp’s main hospital. Her mother, Tosha Sangan, arrived in the camp in 1989 after fleeing violence in her native Democratic Republic of Congo.
by Ty Faruki
Al Qayyarah, Iraq
Workers pause for a moment while working to contain oil fires caused by ISIS who set fire to oil fields in Al Qayyarah, Iraq. This was the town’s main source of income. The workers’ main concern was contamination of the local water supply.
by Alfio Tommasini
At the age of 18, when this portrait was taken, Doris took the place of her mother in managing the family-run farm. She is now the only farmer in the village. Largario is experiencing a constant decline in population as young people move elsewhere to live and work.
by Abbie Trayler-Smith
Al Qayyarah, Iraq
Rana, 38, with her sons Ali and Mohammed stand on the rooftop of their house. ISIS set 19 of the town’s oil wells on fire when they retreated a few months ago and the fires have been burning ever since. Smoke can be seen in the sky up to 60 kilometres away. The fires were eventually extinguished two months after this photograph was taken.
by Katharina Dubno
I grew up in Twardawa, a place that once had
a convivial, family-like atmosphere. Now, almost all the farms are gone and only the older generation and a few families remain, while younger people have moved abroad to try to make a better living. I went back after many years to meet and photograph the villagers who still live there and who had a strong connection to their homes and the animals that had been their loyal companions. This is Mr Cichon ́ with his favourite wild duck.
by Natasha Drewnicki
Razak and Rukayå are workers at Agbogbloshie, the world’s largest e-waste dump. It’s where other countries discard their unwanted phones, computers and other electronic goods, and Ghanaians are forced to carve a precarious living through collecting and burning toxic scrap metal, like copper. It was hard to walk in as an outsider. Nobody wants the outside world to witness what goes on there.
by Ferhat Celik
Muhammed takes his family’s horses to the lake
on weekends to wash them. The area is very cold in the winter with temperatures as low as -20°C but the water comes from a hot spring so it’s warm. He lives in a remote town where terror and poverty is high, and has to work while studying to support his family.
by Ying Wang
Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
Sanming Bai is a Mao Zedong impersonator, one of many in China. The makeup he is wearing on one side of his face points to Bai’s experiences as a performer in opera and we also see him in role as Chairman Mao. Bai works as a farmer.
by Gregor Kuntscher
Manga, Burkina Faso
Twelve-year-old Vincent Adouabou has been deaf since birth and does not speak out loud. He also has a skin condition called vitiligo. The majority of children with disabilities in Burkina Faso have never been to school, but Vincent is lucky and attends a school that champions inclusive education. He is learning sign language and wants to become a doctor.
by Néstor Díaz
Buenos Aires, Argentina
‘I went through cancer at the same time as my sister, and my brother died from lymphoma. The difficult part is being able to turn adversity into something positive. I was able to achieve this thanks to my family
and friends and I manage to be in the present more than ever.’ – Soledad
by Dustin Thierry
To this day, homosexuality is stigmatised and condemned within the Caribbean community. With this in mind, I made portraits of members of the black LGBTQ community in Berlin, Amsterdam, Milan and Paris who are part of an underground ballroom scene. The project is an ode to my late brother and all people of Afro-Caribbean descent who are denied the right to express their sexuality freely.
by Nana Varveropoulou
I took this portrait of my son for a community art project, the aim of which is to produce a collective portrait of residents in a mixed-tenancy apartment block in Hackney. Emil loves Greek mythology and decided to turn his top into a headdress and pose as a character from one of his books.
by Abbie Trayler-Smith
I spent a week with Shannon and her best friend on a girls’ holiday in Spain. I have spent eight years photographing Shannon in Sheffield for my project, The Big O, an intimate portrait of the young people behind the UK’s obesity statistics.
by Louise Amelie and Aljaž Fuis
New York City, New York, USA
Harlem native Latisha walked out of a grocery store in front of this wall. We only had five minutes before she had to leave and I later found out that she is a rapper.
by Natalie Lennard
Ijeoma Sady, a mother who experienced a breech free birth in water at home, poses in a swimming pool with a silicone baby to represent the ancient roots of waterbirth. Women were known to give birth in shallow sea water and rivers in ancient Crete, Japan, South America and New Zealand.
by Todd Antony
The Japanese subculture of dekotora, meaning ‘decorated trucks’, stems from the 1970s Torakku Yaro ̄ (‘truck guys’) films. Junichi Tajima is the head of Utamaro Kai, a dekotora association. He said that with the right truck a driver can make even dark times feel bright.
by Sam Wright
Levi Cooper, an amateur teenage boxer, had suffered a tough bout with a bigger opponent, but he stood proud of what he had achieved. Going toe to toe at a young age takes determination, passion, dedication and self-belief. I like to think of this portrait as a metaphor for anyone who has been knocked down but got up and carried on.
by Sandra Zarneshan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This is my husband Fabrizio and our six-week-old son, Filippo. I took this photograph because I was exhausted and didn’t know what else to do. Having a baby shocked me in a way I never expected. I felt that neither my body nor my time belonged to me anymore. Taking the camera in my hands makes me feel like I am still the person I was before.
by Federico Tisa
Angela, a young Nigerian woman, pictured with her newborn daughter, Gift.
by David Dufeal
by Peter Voerman
Westervelde, The Netherlands
I put an ad in the local paper inviting twins to take part in a photography project. I photographed 50 sets of twins including these seven-year-old girls, Mayte and Amaya, who visited me with their mother. They didn’t speak much but it was obvious they were very close. Mayte is not afraid of anything and Amaya acts first and then thinks.