Figurative Photography: 32 Compelling Images From Around the World

Beautiful Figurative Photography from across the world

The Commons is home to stunning variety of world-class imagery, and these striking examples of figurative photography are just the tip of the iceberg of compelling pictures hosted on “the free encyclopedia”. This article features 32 beautiful photographs of individuals going about their (often tough) daily lives around the world.

Above: Surrounded by his wares, a paper bag maker and seller is pictured in the doorway of his shop in the city of Varanasi, North India. Credit: Jorge Royan.

An elderly Nepalese woman feeds her chickens in the ancient Newar city of Bhaktapur, the ‘Place of Devotees’, on the eastern side of the Kathmandu Valley. Credit: A Vahanvaty.

A homeless man with guitar on Paulista Avenue in São Paulo city, Brazil. Credit: The Photographer.

A young Cambodian girl attempts to make money for her family by posing with a snake in a village by Tonlé Sap lake. Credit: Cccefalon.

Vedran Smailović, the "Cellist of Sarajevo"

The Cellist of Sarajevo: Pictured in 1992 during the Siege of Sarajevo, musician Vedran Smailović plays amid the rubble of the city’s partially destroyed National Library. Despite the danger, Smailović often played his cello for free at funerals during the siege, earning his enduring nickname. Credit: Mikhail Evstafiev.

A Sikh pilgrim emerges from a ritual bath at the Harmandir Sahib (or Golden Temple) in Amritsar, India. This photograph won first place in Wikipedia’s Picture of the Year 2009. Credit: Paulrudd.

An old lady sits on a stone step in the city of San Miguel de Allende, in eastern Guanajuato, Mexico. Credit: Tomas Castelazo.

Preparing actors of India’s Koothu-P-Pattarai theater for a performance. Credit: Jorge Royan.

A busker plays a digeridoo in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Credit: Noel Feans/Tomer T.

A man gazes out the window of a traditional building in the ancient pre-Saharan Berber city of Ghadames, known as ‘the pearl of the desert’, which are designed to fight the extremes of the Libyan climate. Credit: Luca Galuzzi.

An elderly Tibetan woman holding a prayer wheel in the Barkhor, an area of narrow streets with a public square around the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. Credit: Luca Galuzzi.

A Taiwanese monk at sunset on the Salar de Uyuni (the world’s largest salt flat) in Bolivia. Photographer Christopher Crouzet writes: “He was travelling for a few weeks in order to see some nice places and to meet some of his fellows scattered in Latin America. He was given a tablet computer to document his travels, which he seemed to have done pretty well.”

A Sadhu ascetic meditates alongside a picture of Siva in the north Indian city of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh. Credit: travelwayoflife.

A New York City firefighter calls for reinforcement on September 15, 2001, amid the ruins of the World Trade Center. Credit: US Navy.

A blind accordion player in Patzcuaro, a large town in the state of Michoacán, México. Credit: Tomascastelazo.

A Tuareg person photographed outside Djanet, an oasis city in amid the desert of southeast Algeria, not far from the Libyan border. Credit: Hamdanmourad.

A fisherman in the mist of Lake Merced, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Credit: Brocken Inaglory.

A group of monks at the Hindu temple of Preah Pithu U, one of five temples at Angkor, Cambodia. Credit: JJ Harrison.

An elderly retired man is seen playing chess in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris. Credit: Jorge Royan.

Wearing traditional attire, this Ifugao tribesman was photographed in 2008 in the Municipality of Banaue, Philippines. Credit: Cccefalon.

A homeless man lying on a concrete bench in Hermosillo, in the Mexican state of Sonora. Credit: Tomas Castelazo.

Afghan children await clothing and basic medical attention at Camp Clark in Khowst province, Afghanistan, in December 2009. Credit: Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith (US Army).

A farmer tills his land in the municipality of Fahrenwalde, in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Credit: Ralf Roletschek.

A factory worker machines parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant in Fort Worth, Texas, during World War Two. Credit: Howard R. Hollem.

Astronaut Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency takes a selfie during a 6 hour, 28 minute space walk in September 2012. Credit: Aki Hoshide/NASA.

A living statue poses in the southeastern city of Annecy, France. Credit: William Crochot.

A Sadhu at the Hindu temple of Janaki Mandir in Janakpur, Nepal. Credit: Bijay chaurasia.

Homeless in Japan: An old man lies atop his worldly possessions, Tokyo. Credit: MichaelMaggs.

A becak (or cycle rickshaw) driver takes a break outside the city of Jakarta, Indonesia. Credit: Jonathan McIntosh.

Two Hindu holy men (or Sadhus) pass the day near the sacred Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Credit: Luca Galuzzi.

A woman begs by the roadside of Guanajuato, Mexico. Credit: Tomas Castelazo.

An elderly Jain woman washes the feet of the 58-foot-tall Bahubali Gomateswara idol in India. Credit: Dey.sandip.


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