[ View the story " Snapshots of humanity" on Storify] Snapshots of humanity One photographer's mission to document the 'Humans of New York' has become a global phenomenon.
The Stream· Wed, Dec 11 2013 11:15:55
Brandon Stanton, a 29-year-old self-taught photographer, has gone from unemployed and alone in New York City to a best-selling author and one of
's "30 people under 30 changing the world".
"Humans of New York"
(HONY) was originally
by Stanton's dream of photographing 10,000 people and placing them on a virtual map of New York.
"My name is Pretty Tony, Macaroni."Humans of New York
Humans of Newyork is the proof that there is still good out there #HONYNajam Ul Assar
Stanton sets out on the streets of New York City every day to take pictures of people as they go about their daily lives. He says the blog began to gain popularity after he started adding captions and personal anecdotes to his photos. In an interview with
, he says that HONY is more about the storytelling than the photography.
"What's your greatest struggle right now?" "Not living my father's life."Humans of New York
"How are things with the ladies?" "Real good." "Any advice for guys out there who might be struggling?" "Just be yourself. Don't say 'What's cookin' good lookin,' or dumb stuff like that. Just say hello.'"instagram.com
"We saw each other in the hall, and knew that we should know each other."Humans of New York
Stanton says he is focused on telling stories about the human condition that are often overlooked in mainstream media. In the TED Talk below, Stanton describes what he believes makes a good story:
Brandon Stanton: The Good StoryUwBS2LCcJ9_Raz2BRz05MQ
In October, Stanton published the book,
Humans of New York
. According to the publisher, there are more than 250,000 copies in print and it almost instantly topped the New York Times hardcover nonfiction
My #HONY book by @humansofny came in today. It's like I don't even care what happens the rest of the day. #excited
Moved to tears by the #HONY book. Humanity is beautiful!Creations by Karina
In the past two hours, I've been falling deeply in love with every page I turn. #HONY is an eye-opener.
Stanton and his HONY concept have
hundreds throughout the world to do their own "Humans of" blogs. There are similar sites in Tel Aviv, Karachi, Fiji Islands, Colombia, Tehran, Amsterdam and hundreds of other cities and countries.
The Stream asked its online community for their thoughts on the "Humans of New York" phenomenon.
@AJStream HONY like pages have sprung up bcz of their ability to share the minimal yet amazing lives of common ppl,folks can identify withUsmann Rana
@AJStream HONY gave street photography a format, something it lacked before. It's inevitable that people would copy the codifier.Razan Al-Tabtabae'
Others expressed how HONY helps change perceptions and stereotypes of people:
@AJStream @humansofny It shows just how unique every individual is, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, etc. It displays diversity.Habab Elkhalifa
@AJStream @humansofny #HONY helps shed light on our similarities - tiny stories of diverse #human struggles tie us together as one people.Taylor Dolven
@AJStream @humansofny photos capture strangers' humanity & allow people to stop and stare from a distance, read their stories & relate.Nour Haidar
Many shared their questions for Stanton about the blog:
@AJStream What inspired the idea ?Dreamer
@AJStream Your organization touches many people and affects them daily. What platform helps you reach the most people?Zar.Was
@AJStream What's His advice for non-photographers, who want to enjoy the same quality of conversations he has with random strangers?Mursal
@AJStream How does he approach people and get them to open up when he takes their pictures? #AJStreamEconomist Yasir
@AJStream Yes! Q) How does he feel about the replica's that spawned around the country (US)? Even from very amateur photographers?Moai