Portraiture is as old as photography itself. This classic genre captures people in non-candid moments and usually focuses on the face. Each of us has taken thousands of portraits, self-portraits, and photographs of people over the years, but what makes a good portrait? Steve McCurry believes that a good portrait is about connectivity. When you connect with the person in the photograph, it reveals something about the viewer and the subject, an element of the human condition whether it be an emotion, age, or location. In this gallery we’ve curated a series of photographs with a core of connectivity behind them. Each is technically strong, and all of them are special. Get inspired… take a look!

“We usually see parts of ourselves in others, so a good portrait should say something about the human condition.” — Steve McCurry.

Consider your own portraits in our People and Places category, now open for submissions.