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50 Most Famous Portait Photographs You Must See

  • Afghan Girl, 1984 photo by Steve McCurry)
  • Al Pacino, 1995 (photo by Irving Penn)
  • At Geel, near Nietverdiend, Marico Bushveld, Transvaal, 1964 (photo by David Goldblatt)
  • Barack Obama (photo by Ben Baker)
  • Before They Pass Away (photo by Jimmy Nelson)
  • Brad Pitt (photo by Chuck Close)
  • Brad Pitt (photo by Dan WInters)
  • Christopher Waltz (photo by Markus Jans)
  • Cracked Glass with Boy, Colorado (photo by Elliott Erwitt)
  • Daniel Craig (photo by Jean-Baptiste Mondino)
  • Dennis Hopper, 1976 (photo by Mary-Ellen Mark)
  • Elsworth Kelly (photo by Sebastian Kim)
  • Ernest Hemingway, 1957 (photo by Yousuf Karsh)
  • Ezra Pound, 1958 (photo by Richard Avedon)
  • From the collection End Times (photo by Jill Greenberg)
  • Gaddafi (photo by Platon)
  • Henry Rollins (photo by Anton Corbijn)
  • Homeless Irishman (photo by Don McCullin)
  • Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 (photo by Diane Arbus)
  • Jack Nicholson (photo by David Bailey)
  • Jack Nicholson (photo by Martin Schoeller)
  • Jeff Bridges (photo by Jerry Avenaim)
  • Jude Law (photo by Nadav Kander)
  • Kate Moss (photo by Mario Testino)
  • Kurt Cobain, 1994 (photo by Mark Seliger)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (photo by Greg Gorman)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (photo by Robert Maxwell)
  • Michael Fassbender (photo by Nathaniel Goldberg)
  • Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, 1992 (photo by Albert Watson)
  • Migrant Mother, 1936 (photo by Dorothea Lange)
  • Nelson Mandela (photo by Jurgen Schadeberg)
  • Nelson Mandela, 1990 (photo by Annie Leibovitz)
  • North Korea (photo by Eric Lafforgue)
  • Portrait of a Tibetan Refugee (photo by Phil Borges)
  • Robin Williams (photo by Peter Hapak)
  • Sadhu, Jaipur, India (photo by Joel Santos)
  • Salvador Dali (photo by Philippe Halsman)
  • Sir Aj Ayer, London, 1988 (photo by Steve Pyke)
  • Steve Jobs (photo by Marco Grob)
  • Survivor from a Hutu Death Camp - Rwanda, 1994 (photo by James Nachtwey)
  • The Girl with the Green Eyes (photo by David Lazar)
  • The Hyena and Other Men (photo by Pieter Hugo)
  • Tom Cruise (photo by Tom Munro)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (photo by Nigel Parry)
  • Twiggy (photo by Bert Stern)
  • Uma Thurman (photo by David LaChapelle)
  • Untitled (photo by Vivian Meier)
  • War is Personal (photo by Eugene Richards)
  • What we Are (photo by Lee Jeffries)
  • Young Farmers 1914 (photo by August Sander)

I think portrait photography is one of the most difficult genres to master. We have gathered a collection of the most famous portait photographs that will leave you inspired. Most of them were featured on the covers of magazines like Time and New York Magazine. Check them out below.

1. Afghan Girl, 1984 (photo by Steve McCurry)

Afghan Girl, 1984 photo by Steve McCurry)

2. Nelson Mandela, 1990 (photo by Annie Leibovitz)

Nelson Mandela, 1990 (photo by Annie Leibovitz)

3. Before They Pass Away (photo by Jimmy Nelson)

Before They Pass Away (photo by Jimmy Nelson)

4. Al Pacino, 1995 (photo by Irving Penn)

Al Pacino, 1995 (photo by Irving Penn)

5. Ezra Pound, 1958 (photo by Richard Avedon)

Ezra Pound, 1958 (photo by Richard Avedon)

6. The Girl with the Green Eyes (photo by David Lazar)

The Girl with the Green Eyes (photo by David Lazar)

7. Ernest Hemingway, 1957 (photo by Yousuf Karsh)

Ernest Hemingway, 1957 (photo by Yousuf Karsh)

8. Dennis Hopper, 1976 (photo by Mary-Ellen Mark)

Dennis Hopper, 1976 (photo by Mary-Ellen Mark)

9. Kate Moss (photo by Mario Testino)

Kate Moss (photo by Mario Testino)

10. Mick Jagger, 1992 (photo by Albert Watson)

Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, 1992 (photo by Albert Watson)

11. Kurt Cobain, 1994 (photo by Mark Seliger)

This portrait was taken 2 months before Kurt Cobain passed away.

Kurt Cobain, 1994 (photo by Mark Seliger)

12. Salvador Dali (photo by Philippe Halsman)

Salvador Dali (photo by Philippe Halsman)

13. Migrant Mother, 1936 (photo by Dorothea Lange)

Migrant Mother, 1936 (photo by Dorothea Lange)

14. Cracked Glass with Boy, Colorado (photo by Elliott Erwitt)

Cracked Glass with Boy, Colorado (photo by Elliott Erwitt)

15. Young Farmers, 1914 (photo by August Sander)

Young Farmers 1914 (photo by August Sander)

16. Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 (photo by Diane Arbus)

Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 (photo by Diane Arbus)

17. Leonardo DiCaprio (photo by Greg Gorman)

Leonardo DiCaprio (photo by Greg Gorman)

18. Henry Rollins (photo by Anton Corbijn)

Henry Rollins (photo by Anton Corbijn)

19. Homeless Irishman (photo by Don McCullin)

Homeless Irishman (photo by Don McCullin)

20. Jack Nicholson (photo by Martin Schoeller)

Jack Nicholson (photo by Martin Schoeller)

21. At Geel, near Nietverdiend, Marico Bushveld, Transvaal, 1964 (photo by David Goldblatt)

At Geel, near Nietverdiend, Marico Bushveld, Transvaal, 1964 (photo by David Goldblatt)

22. Muammar Gaddafi (photo by Platon)

Gaddafi (photo by Platon)

23. Steve Jobs (photo by Marco Grob)

Steve Jobs (photo by Marco Grob)

24. Nelson Mandela (photo by Jürgen Schadeberg)

Nelson Mandela (photo by Jurgen Schadeberg)

25. Sir A. J. Ayer, London, 1988 (photo by Steve Pyke)

Sir Aj Ayer, London, 1988 (photo by Steve Pyke)

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