brandon stanton

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My name is Brandon and I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010. HONY resulted from an idea that I had to construct a photographic census of New York City. I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind. But somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character. I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs.

1:35 – random people, wherever they happen to be, and celebrating them on a stage every night

2:40 – fav compliment – you photo the things that other people walk by every single day and don’t notice, but somehow, you photograph them and make them beautiful



his little blog:

humans of new york..

humans of new york


humans of ny


hony 2


hony 1

when i was 20 hony


his book comes out oct 15, 2013:

humans of new york

book links to amazon


Brandon and hony on abc:

hony on abc


i lost my job and i woke up..


social media is secondary when i’m having these convos on the streets



This Is The Human Behind ‘Humans Of New York’


kool_beans and much love..

hony #1


Brandon speaking at harvard – feb 2015:

stopping someone on the street and making them feel comfortable..

20 min – even if people know 20 million people will read the blog.. if they’re sitting next to their friends ..they clam up

53 min- it takes a lot of practice to be yourself.. getting rid of consciousness/nervousness

55 min – there’s a power when it gets to – oh that’s me just in different circumstances (2nd time his referenced this)

56 min – worst time – can’t think of any – because everything came to here

intimate stories of strangers…

1:01 – i deferred to ms lopez – but it’s not so much about – go to harvard – but more opening up the possibilities

1:08 – i’m just looking for a glimpse into a stranger’s life (not finding a caricature)


mar 2016 – interview (video) w katie curic


jan 2017

Brandon share on fb:

Wanted to re-share the stories of people banned from the United States of America.


Chase Jarvis (@chasejarvis) tweeted at 5:37 PM on Sat, Aug 24, 2019:
Tell the story that’s in front of you. ️  this thought from @humansofny. Hear full episode @iTunesPodcasts

my goal is not to tell the story or the meaning of humanity.. but to learn the story of that person right in front of me



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