Originally started to provide deep yet brief glimpses into the lives of New Yorkers, Brandon has become a global bridge builder, helping all of us connect with our human family. He has journeyed to Pakistan, Iran, and recently returned from Greece, Austria, and Germany highlighting individual stories from the Syrian Refuge Crisis. Many viewers have suggested he receive the Nobel Peace Prize and have shared how his stories and photos have broken open their hearts and deepened their compassion.
Hey there. My name is Brandon and I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010, shortly after leaving my job in Finance. (OK, I actually got fired.) I started HONY because I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. Somewhere along the way, I began to interview my subjects in addition to photographing them. And alongside their portraits, I’d include quotes and short stories from their lives.
Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. HONY now has over ten million followers on social media, and provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City.
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