Thursday, April 11, 2013

New York - a photographic census

Brandon Stanton is a self-taught photographer and creator of the incredibly popular Humans of New York blog. He's a sort of Bill Cunningham without the fashion focus. His photographs have honesty, humor and an immediate take on the now of NYC. Every day Stanton roams the streets of New York, approaches strangers and asks if he can take their picture. Not long after the  photographs appear on Facebook, with captions drawn from the brief collaboration between subject and photographer. It's no surprise that the Humans of New York fb page has 647,000 likes! 

Stanton says this about his project - 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. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog, which over the past two years has gained a large daily following. With nearly one million collective followers on Facebook and Tumblr, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City.

The HONY blog is well worth a look - you can go there HERE.

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