I'm so glad I got around to seeing Martin Schoeller's "Close Up" exhibit at the EMP. From afar some of the photos look like cartoon drawings instead of photographs. The ones that moved me the most were of the people from the villages. You can feel emotions pour through the images by the tears in their eyes and the scars on their faces; this made me want to know more about their life story. I highly recommend checking it out.
... And for some fun reading, the WSJ recently wrote an article on how to capture the perfect portrait if you're interested in learning a few tips.