Photographing the Humans of New York

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This segment originally aired live on October 24, 2013. An edited version was included in a best-of episode on December 27, but the original audio is posted here.

Photographer Brandon Stanton talks about his project to photograph New Yorkers of all walks of life for his blog, now collected in a book called Humans of New York.


Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
"The 1%"
Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
"We ordered her those pants, and as soon as they arrived, she cut off the bottoms and made a pair of gloves."
Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
"I really don't have time to talk, these shadows are changing every second."
Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
"Seen on the Hudson River"
Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York

"I'm the Chief of Personnel for the Fire Department. I'm making sure everyone is where they need to be, and has what they need."

"Do you mind if I take your photo?"

"Can my son be in the picture?"


Brandon Stanton

Comments [15]

AgX from Nyc

Great concept. Photos with stories. They go hand in hand.
As for negatives, they'll always be out there. They either need a hug, or ignore and they will recede.

Dec. 29 2013 09:47 AM

I should revise my comment. There are more kind people here than the few haters, I shouldn't give them any energy. I love the work that Brandon is doing. I've bought so many copies of his book for presents that I won't even say the number. Doesn't matter because each friend that has gotten one (there are still a couple in the mail on the way) is over the moon about it and that is priceless. Who Brandon is shines out in every photograph. Nothing can tarnish that truth.

Oct. 26 2013 08:30 PM
John A

rd: It's called Internet bullying and it's practiced tens of thousands of times per day on YouTube and Tumblr*. Those sites desperately need to have anti hate speech paragraphs written into their terms of service, or more likely to enforce what has already has been written. They are fomenting hate.
(* check for religion or politics topics if you need proof)

Oct. 25 2013 10:37 AM

Brian, when did your audience get so mean??

Oct. 25 2013 08:32 AM
bs detector

L E I -- I don't believe that post.

Oct. 24 2013 08:23 PM
not that girl from NYC

A cocky self-entitled white failed former day trader with a camera and mommy's money is hardly an artist. And all that charm and smile is just a façade. Try e-mailing him on his loftiness and arrogance and see how he responds -- conceited and unapologetic. Anything but humble and gentle.

Oct. 24 2013 08:04 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

L_E_I - This is a non-starter. instead of making the photographer wrong for taking the photo and deciding not to post it on his page (after tens of thousands had already seen it), why not turn your wrath to the fact that this is happening every day, to women who, very much unlike the woman in the photo, cannot defend themselves--or feel they have no choice. If you know anything about the digital world, the photo's already made millions of impressions. But maybe you don't.

What you do is make it your business to shame the artist, instead of working on the real problem. Grow a pair and turn your harassing toward that, instead of banging on about what someone's decided to do with their work, as post within social media. Your screaming caps outrage doesn't do feminism any favors--and I identify as a feminist.

Oct. 24 2013 12:04 PM
Eliz. Timber from UES

Re; Housing, a question for Di Blasio,
I read earlier this year, that a developer on the West Side who got subsidies from NYC decided to build a separate entrance in the building for the housing that was affordable. Would you allow this?

Oct. 24 2013 11:31 AM
Sarah from Upper west side

Brandon photographed my kid- who was featured on HONY ( he's the guy in the banana suit). My son was struck by how kind Brandon was to him.

My son attended the book signing--and again Brandon showed him real kindness.Brandon takes the photos with the full permission of the subjects. Each image shows respect for and fondness of the subjects. No one is taken advantage of.

Oct. 24 2013 11:28 AM
FranciL from NYC

Just curious: Does Brandon Stanton get model / photo releases from his subjects? He's making money from these, so I'm wondering if he does get releases.

Oct. 24 2013 11:10 AM
John A

I've see a lot of Tumblr so I visited the site that comment 4 mentioned.
The photographer happened upon a matter that should have been dropped and it was, albeit late. That 'feministmedia' tried to keep the issue alive in an effort of self-promotion is a further embarrassment. HONY was not meant to be shock journalism, but Tumblr continues on to shock for whatever reason that gets the User the most likes.

Oct. 24 2013 10:45 AM

"Good people find each other. Bad people get found out." And Brandon Stanton is the latter, he got found out via his arrogance and ignorance.

Brandon is sexist and racist (see comment thread

Ironic that an inhuman is behind HONY.

Oct. 24 2013 10:06 AM

(Second look, it could even be a 70-200 or a 50 1.8 -- i'm guessing he is usually shooting 2.8 or above)

Oct. 24 2013 10:00 AM

Good shootin' yourself, Ian Lyn! (PS -- i'm guessing a 50 not 85. Numerous Canon and Nikon mount lenses provide that 1.2 or 1/4 bokeh, 35, 50, 85, 100, 135 etc.)

Oct. 24 2013 09:57 AM
Ian Lyn from Brooklyn

I really love your facebook page and tumblr site. What sets you apart from the rest of the pact is you write neat stories to go along with your photos. I do the same on my page and IanLynPhotography on facebook. That said, do you shoot raw or jpeg? Do you post process or do every photo you take you shoot and dump? What is your main lens? Looks like a 85mm by the bokeh. Have you followed other photographers on your journey? Are you planning to do workshops like Creative Live in the future? Are you attending PhotoPlus at the Javits this week? Keep up the good work and do not allow other seasoned photographrers challenge you. The public accepts your work and thats what counts. Btw. Why cant I post on your fanpage? I liked it but can only share.

Oct. 24 2013 09:10 AM

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