SHU Speaks with Brandon Stanton
Photographer and creator of the popular website HONY (Humans of New York)
Brandon Stanton graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in History. He traded bonds in Chicago for three years, before losing his job and moving to New York. In November of 2010, he started the photography blog Humans of New York. Today, HONY is followed by nearly fourteen million people, and is the fastest growing Arts and Humanities page on Facebook.
Stanton began Humans of New York in hopes of creating an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants, including photographs of 10,000 New Yorkers and plotting their locations on a map. Brandon worked for several months with this goal in mind and during this process; HONY began to take on a much different character. Brandon began collecting quotes and short stories from the people he met, and incorporated these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. HONY now provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City, and in 2013 a compilation of these stories and pictures became a #1 New York Times bestselling book. Brandon's third book, HONY: Stories, will be released in October 2015 and has placed #8 on Amazon’s top-seller list despite it not having been released.
After Brandon's leacture, there will be a brief Q & A. (Please note, there will not be time for a book signing)
When & Where
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