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)