Life — and love — in limbo, as captured in these poignant images from photographer Giles Duley.

We asked an international group of 12 artists, designers, photographers and activists to provide one image that encapsulates what inequality means to them — and to explain their selection. The results are stunning and thought-provoking. Warning: some of them might make you cry.

As he lay in intensive care after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan, photographer Giles Duley resolved to take portraits of the 100 people who had influenced him the most. He describes the genesis of a very personal project.