Humans of New York

There is nothing I'd rather do right now than sitting on a bench in Central Park and watching the people passing by and wondering what their stories are. What were their happiest moments? What do they do for a living? Where are they going? Or are they wandering through the streets of New York City without destination other than losing themselves – like I would love to do? How could I miss the blog Humans of New York till now? I'm pretty sure the whole Internet knows about it...but just in case you don't and love portrait photography and reading about people's lives: go and check it out!

"I just finished my dissertation."
“What was the topic?”
“It was about the prediction of community college retention rates.”
“What interests you most about community college?”
“Well, a lot of things. But I really think that the community college system is critical to the functioning of our democracy. A democracy depends on the education of its citizenry. And we just don’t have the infrastructure to send everyone to a four year school. So if America’s democracy is going to succeed, it’s going to depend in large part on the health of our community colleges.”

"Old people say they love their children, but they send their children to war. Old people never fight in wars. But they always start them. If they really loved their children, old people would find a way to resolve their problems.”


"He took me on a surprise trip to Paris one weekend."
"Where did he say you were going?"
"He told me that we were taking Air France to Canada."

I made my first website with a friend when I was in 7th grade. It was called Gaming Galaxy Online. It was extremely cheesy— with a giant animated GIF as the title graphic, and pretty much all content harvested straight from other sources. The page never got any traffic, but I remember how exciting it was to build the site. The internet seemed like a place where a 7th grader could participate in the adult world on a level playing field. My friend and I tried one website idea after another. None of them really worked, but we felt very empowered. On the internet, it felt like we were one good idea away from a very adultlike level of success. And like pretty much everyone else in 1996, our free websites were hosted on

Fast forward almost 20 years—- in my late twenties, after countless attempts, I’ve finally managed to create a popular website. And last night I was out gathering content. I was walking past the Apple Store on 59th and 5th when I spotted a man sitting alone in the plaza. I asked for his photo, he agreed. “What was the happiest moment of your life?” I asked him.

"Probably when my company had its IPO," he answered. "I founded a company called"

"We dated in high school, but drifted apart and ended up marrying different people. Our cousins married each other, though. So we’d see each other at reunions, funerals, weddings… things like that. When his wife died, and my husband died, we got back together. We’ve been together for ten years now.” 
"Why did you guys break up in the first place?"
"Because he was ‘hot to trot’ back then. He really got around. And I came from a traditional Italian family, so no way my father was going to let me marry somebody like that."

"Are you married or dating?"
“We’re married. And we’re on a date.”

STORYBOARD: Capturing the 'Humans of New York' from Tumblr on Vimeo

Based on the blog with nearly a million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs capturing the spirit of a city.

In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories. The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called “Humans of New York,” in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes.

The blog has steadily grown, now boasting nearly a million devoted followers. Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog. With four hundred color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York.

Surprising and moving, printed in a beautiful full-color, hardbound edition, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city.

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  1. Nothing is more fun than people watching, especially in New York. I have been blissfully unaware of this blog and the book, thank you for changing that!