Only recently I became aware of Veejay Villafranca, who is a noted and respected photographer from the Philippines. His photography and biography is found here.
Mr. Villafranca has the ability to get close to his subjects of interest. The youthful gang members, those displaced by global warming and the weather, the religious faithful, migrants, and so many others present an emotional and powerful presence in a photograph that creates a bond with a viewer. One can imagine and feel the pain, the fear, the determination, and the everyday grind, because of the intimacy that is developed by getting close to the subject.
Even those images that have a larger view, there is a point in the photograph that draws a viewer in to establish sympathy and a relationship with a subject. The images are strong and emotional.