We all know about Brandon Stanton and his success story, about how he took to the streets of New York City as an amateur photographer with barely any money in his pocket after losing his high-powered job and emerged as one of the most of the most influential street photographers today.
And we all know about his little (and by little, I mean with over 2.8 million followers) Facebook project called Humans of New York. We all love it, we all crave for it, we’ve made it into a household name. Many of us even bought the book. It’s probably because it’s like the ultimate people watching and then some. With HONY, Brandon takes us to the streets of THE city and draws our attention to its individuals, whether normal-looking or the gaudiest, with his moving photographs. As if that isn’t enough, he also gives us glimpses to these individuals’ lives, their emotions, their struggles, by adding short quotes from them – a brilliant move that made his images even more endearing to the general population.
Inspiring, breathtaking, and at times, funny, there’s no denying that HONY is one of Facebook’s most wonderful success stories. So it’s not surprising at all that the social networking site, a success story in its own right, has chosen HONY as one of the 10 stories to feature in celebration of its 10th anniversary. And the video they made for it is almost as affecting as Brandon’s New York City portraits.
Take a look at the short after the jump.
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