Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
  • Humans of New York

    Talking with a girl in Grand Central Station: "I'm dealing with the aftermath of a really horrible breakup." "What was so horrible about it?" "Well, I was engaged. And now I'm not." Capturing these intimate moments of pure emotion is the essence of a photo project called Humans of New York.
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
  • Humans of New York

    The man behind Humans of New York is amateur photographer Brandon Stanton. Over the past three and a half years, Stanton has approached over 10,000 strangers on the streets of New York City to capture portraits of joy and pain, wisdom and beauty, ethos and pathos. The resulting project has gotten hundreds of thousands of "Likes" on Facebook and shares on other social media.
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
  • Humans of New York

    Almost four years ago, Stanton was a stressed-out bond trader in Chicago, but then two events changed his life. First, he got a real camera, and then he got fired. "I woke up and I had lost my job," Stanton told "Nightline's" Bill Weir. "Which I feared so much, but then I had all this energy to put towards anything I want." What he wanted was to take pictures of interesting strangers.
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
  • Humans of New York

    Construction worker in midtown: "I wish I'd gone to college." After losing his job, Stanton took pictures all day, every day. Months went by and he started developing a modest following online through sharing photos on Facebook.
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
  • Humans of New York

    Couple in midtown: "He's not as adventurous as I am. He really enjoys his routine. But if I ever want to try something new, like this, he'll dress up and carry the picnic basket." At first, Stanton said he would just take photos of people, but then he said he started talking to his subjects, and learned that even total strangers would open up to him.
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
  • Humans of New York

    Young boy waiting on a New York subway platform: "My dad is big and strong lifts they heavy weights at the gym. He also is a fireman and he once saved 11 people." Eventually, Stanton wasn't just a photographer looking for cool visuals. He was a collector of precious stories. When he started posting raw little vignettes with the photos, his online following exploded.
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
  • Humans of New York

    For this photo, Stanton said he asked, "If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would you say?" and the woman said, "When my husband was dying, I said, 'Mo, how am I supposed to live without you?' And he said, 'Take the love you have for me and spread it around.'" "And I said, 'Thank you very much,'" Stanton said. "And I turned the corner and started crying."
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
  • Humans of New York

    Shown here is Stanton's portrait of "Nightline" anchor Bill Weir in Union Square, New York.
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
  • Humans of New York

    Stanton said he has a limited knowledge of camera settings and Photoshop software. "It's all about the energy you give off," he said. "For me and on the streets of New York that's about making yourself as non-threatening, genuine, you know, natural as possible." His first book, "Humans of New York," will be released on Oct. 15.
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
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