Have you heard of Humans of New York? My coworker Beau introduced me to it, and it’s awesome.
Photographer Brandon Stanton set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map, “but somewhere along the way, [the project] took on a much different character,” he says. “I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs.” Now the project has almost million followers on Facebook and Tumblr, and it’s no wonder: Stanton’s photographs, quotes and observations are thought-provoking, hilarious, moving and—yes—incredibly human. Below are a few favorites; I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
“I came to America when I was 14. My mother told me that books were too heavy to bring, and I had this crazy idea that I’d never be able to replace them, so I copied all my favorite Russian poems by hand.”
“I’m 92 years old.”
“What’s your secret?”
“Lots of sex.”
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“A big boy.”
All photos by Brandon Stanton