Read not as Hyu-man-zofny but as Humans of NY or New York.
I’m sure many have heard of this but I will give a brief background anyway. Humans of New York started out as a page on Facebook by (then) amateur photographer Brandon Stanton when he lost his job, moved to New York City and began photographing people on the streets. That was back in 2010. Today, his website www.humansofnewyork.com is a beautiful archive of even more beautiful and colorful people he has met from around the world during the last five years. Mr. Stanton shares a write up on the people he meets where a snippet from their conversation together gives away the story from their whole life.
When I was introduced to his work on Instagram (@humansofny), he had just started his journey to Pakistan where he revealed telling stories and the dire situation there. Basically, everything that Mr. Stanton photographs and documents is deeply moving, even the good stories water our eyes. After every country he visits, he goes back to NYC and shares the pictures from there and it’s just amazing to see how much the situations around us can be different but how much we are alike as people. We hurt for the same reasons and have the same worries. We care and love in similar ways.
The colors of our skin and our surroundings might differ and it’s so evident just by looking at these photos from these different cultures and countries but ultimately the person staring right back at us is made out of the same components as us. These are captivating photos of humanity that can move, inspire and create awareness using photography and our interpersonal skills to make simple conversation.
Unfortunately, many of us are born into disadvantages and coming out of them can be burdensome and dangerous. Of course, I was so happy to see his documentation of the Syrian refugee crisis (I am Syrian) where he shared the Syrian people’s stories and brought to our attention details that are hidden away from us. Stories of the journey across the sea, stories of the volunteers who were assisting, stories of horrible losses and to a handful, an amazing end to their plight.
Brandon Stanton is not a photo-journalist. He is a History graduate and worked in Trade.
Let’s all aspire to be great people.
Faith in humanity: 1
Evil dudes: 0