Humans of New York began as a photography project in 2010. The initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street, and create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants. Somewhere along the way, I began to interview my subjects in addition to photographing them. And alongside their portraits, I’d include quotes and short stories from their lives.
[By Brandon Stanton]
Started in November 2010 by photographer Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York has developed a large following through social media. The blog has over 17 million followers on Facebook and around 8.7 million followers on Instagram as of February 2019.As of March 2015, the book had spent 31 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. Hundreds of “Humans of…” blogs have since been developed by people in different cities around the world influenced by HONY.
Stanton has collected portraits in nearly 20 different countries including Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. In January 2015, he interviewed U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
In March 2016, Stanton wrote an open letter to Donald Trump that went viral on Facebook, garnering over 2.3 million likes and over 1.1 million shares, making it one of the most-shared posts in the history of Facebook.
To know more about him and his project, click on the following links!
- “Humans of New York” Blog: http://www.humansofnewyork.com/
- “Humans of NY: The series”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMjhtzu_QuA
- Street photographer documents “The Humans of New York”: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/street-photographer-documents-the-humans-of-new-york/
- Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the photoblog and #1 New York Times bestselling book “Humans of New York” has received the James Joyce Award from the UCD Literary & Historical Society at University College Dublin, Ireland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPxzlGPrM3A