Brandon Stanton’s “Humans Of New York” Series

Published February 10, 2014
Updated January 30, 2018

Resisting pretension or self-awareness, Brandon Stanton's "Humans of New York" series provides honest glimpses into the lives of New Yorkers.

Cramming over 8.3 million people into its modest 468 square mile city limits, it’s easy for New York City residents and visitors alike to feel lost in the fold. One such case could have been Brandon Stanton, an amateur photographer who set off to the Big Apple in 2010 with little more than a suitcase and an idea.

What began as a photographical census project quickly became much more intimate, as Stanton couldn’t help but provide conversation snippets or notes on the subjects captured with each photo he shared. Stanton’s lack of professional photography background lends itself to the production of honest, no-holds-barred portraits that resist pretension so readily found in similar works. In doing so, Stanton gives a human–and often vulnerable–face to Manhattan’s monolithic ambiance:

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Harnessing social media's viral potential, four years after an impromptu move to New York, Stanton has acquired a massive one-million "like" strong following as well as a best-selling book. Head over to Humans of New York to see the city in a new light. And if you enjoyed this look at Humans Of New York, check out our other galleries of the New York subway in the 1980s and the summer of 1969 in New York.