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Humans of New York

If you are looking for a website that perfectly captures humanity and city life, follow Humans of New York. Started in November 2010 by photographer Brandon Stanton, over 6,000 portraits have been gathered thus far. According to Brandon:

I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010. HONY resulted from an idea that I had to construct a photographic census of New York City. I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city's inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind. But somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character. I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog, which over the past two years has gained a large daily following. With nearly one million collective followers on Facebook and Tumblr, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City.

Every day, I check the site and fall in love with the faces, emotions and wisdom captured in his photos of New Yorkers.

"I was 35 when I met her. I was starting to think that there wasn't anybody out there for me."


"When my husband was dying, I said: 'Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?' He told me: 'Take the love you have for me and spread it around.'"


All you need is love.


"It can be difficult dating a man who loves attention."