I know Humans of New York has been around for a long time now, but even years after its creation, it honestly never fails to inspire me. Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind this now famous blog, is a master at capturing people’s emotions with just an image and a few words.
It’s easy to be cynical in this city, and far too often, we let people fade into the background, or worse, see them only as a source of frustration. (This, for example, comes to mind.) But Stanton’s photos show us that everyone has a story.
By getting people to open up about their fears, insecurities, hopes and memories, he reminds us that despite our differences and eccentricities, we all share the human spirit.
He’s photographed people in locations all over the world (his Iran photos are so touching), but the subjects who give the blog its name are so quintessentially New York, with their bold personalities and sometimes grumpy demeanor. Looking at the photos always reminds me why I love this city!
Most importantly, it reminds me to stay curious about people and to look first for the positive in everyone I meet.
With that said, here are a few of my favorite Humans of New York photos:
“I’m wearing really plain looking underwear.”
“He’s very attached.”
Seen on the subway.
“We’ve been best friends since 1967.”
“Just trying to keep the spirit alive.”
BREAKING: MTA conductor caught being glamorous.
“It’s important not to rush through life so much that you don’t find time to do the things you really should be doing.” / “What things do you wish you’d made more time to do?” / “I wish I’d learned to drive a racecar. Learned to cook. Followed up with a certain young lady. I wish I’d read more. I’ve got this stack of books I’m going through now, but I should have read them 50 years ago. I’m even reading Harry Potter!”
And my all-time favorite. Yep, I’m a sucker for love.
What are your favorite Humans of New York photos?