Brandon Stanton, Creator of Humans of New York
Brandon Stanton, Creator of Humans of New YorkTwitter/Brandon Stanton

"Humans of New York" is the result of a unique concept: taking pictures of people on the street and asking them questions.

What began as a photoblog in November 2010 by photographer Brandon Stanton, has now developed into a social media movement and has over 9,886,013 likes on Facebook, 1,772,011 followers on Instagram and 1,59,000 followers on Twitter.

Stanton began this most popular blogs on the Internet by taking candid portraits on the streets. It has now inspired hundreds of similar blogs across the globe, including the Humans of Blair, Humans of Hobart, Humans of I Am Tokyo, Humans of Armed Forces, Humans of Bombay, Humans of Kolkata, Portraits of Montreal and so on.

Stanton couples high-quality portraits of people he meets on the streets of New York and pairs it with illuminating, random or just plain quirky quotes from them.

Humans of New York features some of the most inspiring and enigmatic people and offers a peek into their lives; stories that would never be told or heard otherwise.

While Stanton is engaged in a United Nations-commissioned world tour to bring his signature style to various countries around the globe, take a look at some of the most unforgettable humans featured in his blog.

  • "At this point in my life, I'm trying to figure out the things I truly care about." "What's something you care about less than you did ten years ago?" "Being extraordinary."Facebook/ Humans of New York
  • "What's your favorite thing about your brother?" "He's cute."Facebook/ Humans of New York
  • "Do you remember the most frightened you've ever been?" "When I thought I'd have to raise my son alone. His father and I weren't getting along." "Sounds like you worked things out with the father?" "No. The fear just went away when I learned I could do it on my own."Facebook/ Humans of New York
  • "My friend came up to me and said: 'Alfredo! There's some guy over there jerking off in front of women and kids.' So I ran up to this guy, and I said: 'What the hell do you think you're doing? Put your shit back in your pants and get the f*ck out of the park!' And he stood up, and he got in my face, and he started to say: 'F*ck you!' But after he said ' f*ck,' and before he said 'you,' I clocked him right in the face and knocked him out. When the cops came, I told them the story, and they said: 'You better get out of here before the boss gets here.' So I left the park, but this guy's tooth was lodged in my hand. And he had some sort of infection. Cause two days later, my legs swell up like balloons, and I've barely been able to walk since."Facebook/ Humans of New York
  • These two were acting like complete teenagers. When I walked up, she was nuzzling her head against his shoulder. She giggled the entire time I talked with them, while he kept a big goofy grin on his face. And whenever I asked about their relationship, she clutched his arm, looked at him just like this, giggled, then said: "We're not telling!"Facebook/ Humans of New York
  • "We met 48 years ago at a Halloween party." "Do you remember the costumes you were wearing?" "We were the only two not wearing costumes, actually."Facebook/ Humans of New York
  • "I won."Facebook/ Humans of New York
  • "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "Fireman." "Why do you want to be a fireman?" "I said Ironman!"Facebook/ Humans of New York
  • "Don't tell me what to do, and I won't tell you what to do. That's my motto. I have a lot of feelings about the decisions of my family members, but I don't ever offer my opinion unless I'm asked. And that's why I'm still invited to parties."Facebook/ Humans of New York
  • "I used to be a preschool teacher, but I got fired." "What happened?" "Well, I decided that I wanted to have a socially conscious class. So we learned about apartheid in South Africa. Then we learned about homelessness. Then we made mother's day cards for Trayvon Martin's mom. And I think the principal decided that it was too much for three and four year olds, because she told me I wasn't a 'good fit.' But honestly, I was just shining too bright for them. And now she's going to see me on Humans of New York, and she'll be sorry!"Facebook/ Humans of New York