The pictures above are by the Slovakian photographer Marek Wurfl, from his series Boyhood and Childhood.
Wurfl says he is an admirer of Renaissance painters like Van Eyck, Van der Weyden and Memlinck.
That is enough to recommend him to me, but even without this knowledge I am sold:
What beautiful, simple, chrystalclear portraits he makes!
Please take a look at his own website to see more.
Only problem is I now want to adopt the boy in the blue vest and the boy in the sailor suit...