“Humans of New York,” also known as HONY, is the name of one of the most popular Facebook pages in the world. In the unlikely case that you have not, please allow me to properly introduce the two of you–HONY, meet reader. Reader, HONY.
HONY’s creator and chief story teller is the always energetic and amiable Brandon Stanton. After losing his job trading bonds in Chicago in 2010, Stanton decided to pack up his things, move to New York City, and take portraits of total strangers. His mom wasn’t exactly thrilled by this decision, but I (and nearly 8 million others) am so thankful that he took the risk.
The concept is simple: Stanton meanders the streets and parks of New York City and photographs people who interest him. While shooting his subjects, he asks pointed questions about their life. The end product is a beautiful and intimate portrait of the humans who make up New York. Below you’ll discover what I find to be the most inspiring and hopeful portraits from the last four years of Stanton’s work.