Have you ever heard of Humans of New York (HONY)? It was founded by a man named Brandon Stanton. This Tumblr, blog, Facebook page, and Instagram is dedicated to connecting the human species. Every photo is taken on the streets of New York and has a caption from a short interview that Stanton conducted. These captions can be funny, full of sorrow, anger, nostalgia, you name it. But there are the same results from every photo. You are connected to that person. You understand them. These photos take the pre-conceived judgments and throw them out the window.
For the past month or so, starting on August 7th, Brandon has been across the globe. He partnered up with the United Nations to take a 50 day trip covering over 25,000 miles and traveling through 10 different countries. The purpose of this trip is to raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals, which are eight international development goals that every member of the UN agreed should be accomplished by 2015. Though there are many reasons for this trip, their main goal was to go to faraway places and listen to as many people as possible. Though so many people connected with people from New York, it is obvious how much of an impact the UN and Brandon are making on people all around the world from these photos and interviews.
The most popular HONY page is by far the Facebook page, which has 9.7 million followers. Brandon Stanton is only four years into his career, but he has impacted nearly a billion people and has changed photography and photojournalism forever.