humans of New York

Heard of Humans of New York? I noticed the photos and snippets of stories a little while back on my friend Lisa’s FB feed and I’m hooked. I love a picture with a story, emotion and background. And I love New York. So these glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City really holds my interest.


“What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Taller!”

Brandon 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.”

“Are you an artist?” “Divorce lawyer.”


“What’s your largest remaining goal in life?” “I’d love to teach a course in art history.” “So what would you say is the purpose of art?” “Well, art is a means of expression, of course. But it’s also a means of record. If you look at the earliest artists, their art was a way for them to say: ‘I was here.’”


“I want to be a nurse.”


“My dog always seemed to be staring at something, so I wrote a book about him and his imaginary friend.”


“What’s the most frustrating part about being teacher?””I think it’s getting increasingly difficult to convince my students that what I’m teaching is relevant to their lives. They see a world where the path to success is much more muddled, and social skills are beginning to seem more important than academics. It’s hard to instil the importance of memorization when information is so freely and instantly available.”


“I’m from Nigeria. I’m in a band with a guy from Algeria and a guy from Turkey. So we sing in Yoruba, Arabic, Turkish, and English.”

People love a story behind a face and these stories have so many emotions running through them…pathos, joy, humour, poignancy, cynicism…HONY has them all. Real people, real human emotions. Click over to HONY see an exhaustive collection of these stories. There’s also a book which has been released if you prefer paper over digital.


Yoda has detected a disturbance in The Force.

Are you hooked too?

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