My inspiration would be Steve McCurry, the photographer who shot Afghan Girl for the cover of National Geographic in 1985. I think what strikes me the most about his work is his portraiture style and the way he shoots people in general.
He has very good control over the lighting conditions and the use of colour, often being able to make colours pop out and allow the subject to really stand out from the background. I also particularly like his shooting matter, as I can identify with liking to photograph people and to travel to various countries that are underrepresented and engage with the culture and people there. It becomes a very wholesome eye opening experience combined with photography.
Below are more of his works that I found particularly captivating.