One man, over three thousand photographs, 8 million New Yorkers. That’s what photographer Brandon Stanton works with as he undertakes his huge project to create a photo census of America’s most populous city.
Capturing people in their everyday lives is something the real census could never do. Getting ‘that moment’ and engaging with them and having occasional adventures as well is just part and parcel of Brandon’s Humans of New York project.
Brandon’s street photographs are plotted to an interactive map (although only available for Manhattan for now) and accompany blog posts that chronicle the stories and unexpected experiences the photographer shares with his subjects.
He originally started The Humans of New York Facebook page to supplement the stories blog, but it ended up being a more robust platform for sharing photos so Brandon has embraced it, with a few new photos and stories posted each day.
Brandon pulled quite a stunt recently with the woman now famous for flashing Bill Cosby. He coordinated with her to avoid the secret service and position themselves at the front of the barricades to wait for former president Bill Clinton as he exited the Barnes and Noble at Union Square. Overcoming all odds, their plan succeeded and “the target walked directly into the line of fire.”
You can read about that adventure on his blog here (some images NSFW).
Learn more about this incredible project in the video Humans of New York: Behind the Portraits below.