A little over a week ago, Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the blog “Humans Of New York,” posted a photo of a young man named Vidal who cited his school principal, Nadia Lopez, as the most influential person in his life: “When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.” Vidal lives in a housing project and attends middle school at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, a neighborhood in Brooklyn with one of the highest crime rates in New York City. Keep reading »
Not The Man, but THE MAN. According to Humans of New York, America’s Dad Tom Hanks made a cabbie’s life pretty enchanted for a few weeks:
So get this. I’m driving down Park Avenue one day and this guy waves for me, so I pull over and I ask him where he’s going. He tells me 74th street, and I tell him that’s too far for me, because my shift just ended, so he says ‘thanks anyway’ and walks away. But then I think about it, and I start feeling bad for the guy, cause hey– I got a conscience. So I call him back to the cab and tell him to hop in. And he gets in the car all excited, all animated, and he’s talking about all these things. But he’s got his cap pulled down way over his eyes, so I can’t see who it is. But pretty soon I start to recognize his voice. And when we get to a light, I turn to him, and I look him in the eye, and I scream: “WIIIIIIILLLSSSSSOOOOOOON!!!” And that really got him. He started laughing hard. Keep reading »
“Humans Of New York,” a collection of street-style photos and interviews gathered throughout the city, is one of my favorite blogs in the world. I love how refreshingly honest and vulnerable it is in capturing people’s stories. Apparently, I’m not the only one — Vogue invited HONY creator Brandon Stanton to cover the Met Gala. Stanton usually photographs everyday people, so at the Met, he treated his celebrity subjects just like any other New Yorker he’d stop on the street. His street-style photos of the event are presented the same way his everyday photos are : captioned by a simple quotation without the subject’s name. Keep reading »
Brandon Stanton is the photographer behind “Humans of New York,” a collection of street style photos from around the city. His website, also called Humans of New York, aims to be a “photographic census” of the city’s inhabitants.
A few months ago, Stanton was approached by the clothing company DKNY, who wanted to use his photos as part of a store display. They were willing to pay $15,000 for 300 of Stanton’s photos — a rate of $50 a photo. Stanton wanted more money, but DKNY balked, and the deal never went through.
Cut to this Monday, when a fan of Stanton’s site sent him a photo of a DKNY display window in Bangkok, covered in “Humans of New York” photos. Keep reading »