Watch How This Photographer Successfully Interacts With People On The Street

We have featured Brandon Stanton and his Humans of New York Project a couple times here on Fstoppers (here, and here.) However, after watching the latest video of him produced by the team at Facebook I just had to share. What I love most about this video is watching Stanton have genuine conversations with people on the street before and after photographing them.

The caption under the video details Stanton's story.

"Brandon Stanton moved to New York in 2010. As an amateur photographer, he was fascinated by the crowds of characters throughout the city. He began to take street portraits of the people he met and share them in an album on his timeline named, Humans of New York.

As his photos started to gain a following, he created a Facebook Page that started a movement. There are now “Humans of …” Facebook Pages for nearly every major city in the world, while Stanton himself is something of a celebrity on the streets of New York.

Brandon’s Facebook community of more than 2.3 million people is more than just an audience. Together, they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and have propelled Brandon to become a New York Times bestselling author after he published a book of his work in 2013.

Browse through past Humans of New York photos on Facebook and like the Page to see more in the future: facebook.com/humansofnewyork"

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Tam Nguyen's picture

I love HONY. He's captured some of the most touching photographs and stories.

Thumbs up! :)
This video is well done!

Great shots! Great idea! Great video!

Ansel Spear's picture

Fantastic. I hope he's able to earn a living from his work.

Way to go, Brandon. Keep it up!

Keith Walters's picture

I'm happy for him -- he is doing important work and is a bright spot to thousands of people every day. I have his NYT best selling book on my coffee table at home :)

Jason Vinson's picture

fantastic!!

Noam Galai's picture

What a great guy and great photog.

His photos are below average at best. Although I won't deny that he's a good people person. I enjoy the stories more than the photos.

Jared Monkman's picture

That's a bit critical. He clearly has a great skill with the camera, but I think he keeps it simple, to avoid any frills. Simple, direct compositions, simple editing, if any at all

I can see clearly he has good days and bad days with a camera like all of us. Some of the photos are very good while others not so much. When linked with a story the photo is only part of the bigger picture. I commend him for his efforts, it is a cool project.

Brian Reese's picture

I wonder how he deals with people when they aren't so "easy" to approach. This guy seems like just the coolest, laid back person but there's always someone that isn't going to be willing to let him in and I can imagine in some cases, might not be willing to let him leave with his wallet and gear. I promise I'm not being pessimistic though... just wondering from a learning point of view.

And he never got jacked for his camera....wow. Big ups to him.

There aren't many places I wouldn't go in NYC and actually worry about my camera, really.

Jamie Gellings's picture

Really gets me motivated to start some street photography here in Wisconsin! Probably won't be as fascinating, but I believe we also have some photogenic characters of our own...

Some parts of Wisconsin are better than others, lol.

This is REALLY good and PERFECT timing since i'm trying to find the courage to restart my 100 Strangers Project (much less than 10000) and I'm at #30 but find it terrifying to start again once i've stopped.. Thanks for the inspiration!