The everyday portraits by Humans of New York have changed the way we social network. The photos lure you in with a compellingly intimate, empathic, connective power that resonates above the divisive bitchiness and antagonism going on just about everywhere else.
See Brandon Stanton, the mastermind behind this internet staple in April at USF. Stanton will appear on Tuesday, April 5, during USF Week. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., in the Marshall Student Center.
Stanton started the photography blog Humans of New York in 2010 as a census, but when he began collecting quotes and short stories from the people he met, the project mushroomed into another being altogether. People around the world learn about the lives of New Yorkers of all walks of live through portraits and captions. The blog is now followed by nearly 14 million people, has become the fastest growing Arts and Humanities page on Facebook and is the subject of a No. 1 New York Times bestselling book. Stanton’s third book, HONY: Stories, was released in October 2015.
Says: chronicleme.com: “Stanton is not the type to enrich in the popularity he was gaining all for himself. In 2012, DKNY approached him to use 300 of his photos for a fashion campaign but he declined. When DKNY went ahead and used his pictures anyway, in at least one store in Bangkok, he decided against suing them for money that he rightly deserved. Instead, Brandon publicly asked that they donate $100,000 in his name to a YMCA, so they could send a bunch of underprivileged kids to summer camp.”
The lecture is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis following priority seating for USF students. For more information about the lecture series, including the audience policy, visit uls.usf.edu.