Artist Captures Human Composition Of City's Neighborhoods
A New York artist who embarked on a photographic census of the city is finding most New Yorkers are happy to stop and pose for him. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
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Brandon Stanton is photographing his way through the city, one person and one neighborhood at a time. NY1 recently caught up with him in Chinatown as he added to his collection of street portraits called "Humans of New York".
"For the past year and two months or so I've been walking all over New York. I've been to almost every single neighhborhood. And I've just been stopping strangers on the street and asking them for their photograph," said Stanton.
So far, he's taken about 4,000 photos. The entire collection is online on his "Humans of New York" website and Facebook page.
"What I've done is I've plotted them on a map here. And I've organized them by neighborhood. So what you can do is click on a neighborhood and scroll through the faces of the people that live in those neighborhoods," said Stanton.
Stanton calls "Humans of New York" a slice of New York City life. He says he loves the art form because you never know who you'll meet or what you'll get, like a break dancer with his son or ballet students.
Stanton sells prints to fund the project and is hoping for a book deal. Whatever the format, visitors to the website can expect to see a lot of adorable.
"There's a ton of kids on here. And whenever I see an old couple in love I always stop and ask them for their photograph. Part of that is me knowing what people on my Facebook group like also. We love kids and we love old people in love," said Stanton.
Stanton's coverage of the city even included shots of a recent flashmob organized by NY1 Arts reporter Stephanie Simon.
"I got a message on my Facebook page one day that there was going to be a flashmob in Chelsea so I showed up and took a bunch of photos," said Stanton.
For more information, visit www.humansofnewyork.com.