I am really attracted to the idea of wandering around cities taking photographs of people. Bill Cunningham and Scott Schuman have proven that this can be successful . Photographer Brandon Stanton is now another to add to that list.
Humans of New York is a project in which Brandon simply walks around NYC and has short conversations with people and takes their pictures. It has gone super-viral of late and now his name is everywhere, not to mention his photobook with the same name is a best seller.
It is success stories like these that bring me back to why I believe portraiture to be so important; it connects people. You do not have to know the subject, the photographer, the location or even the back story. You do not have to have taken the photograph and you do not have to be connected to it any way. It’s simple: people want to see people. We want to see how others live, what they wear and how they carry themselves. We can engage with portraits of an elderly neighbour in our home town and a child in an isolated tribe in temporally contiguous moments.
The video I chose to attach to this article was not the viral one but rather footage of Brandon three years ago, simply doing what he does best. His charisma and authenticity plays no small part in his success and it is encouraging to watch.
The gallery above is a selection of some of my favourite images he has taken over the last 4 years. If you like them too, make sure you like his Facebook page below and check out his website to show your support.
Humans of New York Official Website
Humans of New York Facebook Page