It all started in 2010 when American photographer Brandon Stanton began a photo project about regular people on the streets of New York. Initially, he wanted to just photograph 10.000 New Yorkers, but eventually, Stanton did not only take portrait photos of passersby but also captured a piece of their lives by doing short interviews and including quotes and short stories.
Audience of millions
His way of storytelling was so compelling, that he quickly gained an audience of millions all over the world. Today, Humans of New York has more than 18 million likes on Facebook and more than 10 million followers on Instagram.
In October 2013, Stanton released his first book based on the blog, titled Humans of New York. His second book Humans of New York: Stories, was released two years later. It focused more on the stories than the images.