Brandon Stanton moved to New York in 2010. As an amateur photographer, he was fascinated by the crowds of characters throughout the city. He began to take street portraits of the people he met and share them in an album on his timeline named, Humans of New York.
As his photos started to gain a following, he created a Facebook Page that started a movement. There are “Humans of …” Facebook Pages for nearly every major city in the world, while the HONY photographer himself is something of a celebrity on the streets of New York.
Brandon’s Facebook community of more than 2.3 million people is more than just an audience. Together, they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and have propelled Brandon to become a New York Times bestselling author after he published a book of his work in 2013.
Browse through past Humans of New York photos on Facebook and like the Page to see more in the future:facebook.com/humansofnewyork
This is one of 10 stories celebrating Facebook’s 10th anniversary and a decade of connections made possible through the platform. See the rest at facebookstories.com/10
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Executive Producer: Brian Edelman
Executive Creative Director: Will Hall
Agency Producer: Rebecca Wenner
Agency Producer: Timothy Whitney
Director: Lukas Korver
Producer: Jason Halpin
Director of Photography: Matt B. Taylor
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Editor: Lukas Korver
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Composer: Adam Taylor
Colorist: David Carstens
Motion Graphics: Katie Hollenbeck
PA: Mike Simons and Kevin Ralston