Monday, December 16, 2013

Brandon Stanton - Humans of New York

"His birthday is coming up. We’re going to shut down the entire block and have an ice sculpture."
“A sculpture of the dog?”
“Life sized.”

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."
"I spotted these two from a block away.  They were walking away from me, so I chased them down to see if I could photograph the girl for a micro fashion post.When I finally caught up to them, however, I noticed the father was reading to her as they walked"

You’d be hard pressed to find Brandon Stanton, the brain behind storytelling blog turned New York Times bestseller, “Humans of New York,” without a camera in his hands. He needs it for the 5 to 6 portraits he takes each day and posts for his thousands of social media fans and website visitors to see. Stanton turned to photography full time after being laid off from his job as a Chicago bond trader in 2010. He took a chance on an idea he had to take 10,000 portraits of people around New York City and plot them on a map like a census of the metropolitan area. The resulting project has turned into something larger than he ever could have expected. Stanton’s photos are being imitated all over the world (see Humans of India, Humans of Tehran, Humans of Bronx Science and Humans of LaGuardia), and the 29-year-old is garnering major media attention for his capsules of a moment in time. TIME 30 Under 30
I have been following him through his Facebook page.  It's so nice to be reminded of humanity and people's individual stories daily. Love his work.