I’ve been a huge fan of Humans of New York for a long time. HONY, as Humans of New York is affectionately shortened to, captures the people of New York and the spirit of them as well through photographs and short blurbs.
|photo via Humans of New York blog|
Brandon Stanton, the creator of HONY, used to be a bond trader in Chicago. When he was laid off, he traveled from Chicago to New York, camera in hand, much to the chagrin of his parents. He wanted to capture the demographic of New York in photos. Soon, he gained the support of more than just his friends, he captured Tumblr as a fan, and more. He was onto something.
HONY has become something more than what Stanton set out to capture. It’s become an online phenomenon, joining New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers together. There are multiple spin-offs, Humans of Paris, Humans of Paris, and more.
What started as a simple photography project after one-man’s lay-off is now read by nearly a million people, across Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. It’s amazing and the book is no-less stellar than its online counterpart.