HUMANS OF NEW YORK
* Everyday this blog shares the stories of ordinary people in New York. With over 20 million followers on social media, let's discuss the phenomenon that is Humans of New York!
Humans of New York (HONY) is a blog featuring images and interviews collected from ordinary people on the streets of New York City. It was started in 2012 by photographer Brandon Stanton and now has over 20 million followers online through social media. There is also a Humans of New York book, which became a New York Times Bestseller. In this workshop we will discuss the phenomenon that is HONY and look at a selection of portraits that make up the beautiful, inspiring and sometimes-sad stories captured in this work. 
THE ORIGINS OF HONY
Before becoming a professional photographer Brandon Stanton was a bond trader in Chicago. He bought a camera and started taking photos of downtown Chicago during the weekends. When he lost his job he decided to move to New York to pursue photography full time. Initially the idea was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot them on a map. However, quickly the project evolved and he began adding captions and quotes to his images. One day he said that he accidently posted one of his images on his Facebook account and within a minute it had received 73 likes.  Today the HONY Facebook page has over 18 million fans. 
“After I finish my shift at the bakery, I start my shift at Starbucks. I work 95 hours per week at three different jobs. One of my sons graduated from Yale, and I have two more children in college. And when they finish, I want to go to college too. I want to be a Big Boss. I’m a boss at the bakery right now, but just a little boss. I want to be a Big Boss.”
MOTHER OF THREE
“I’m trying to raise three children and not lose who I am. I used to be a fashion buyer, and I got a lot of satisfaction from that, but now it’s so easy for life to be all about the kids. They need me all the time, and my whole identity seems to be wrapped up in seeing them learn and grow every day. So I’m trying to do something everyday that’s just for me. It could be as simple as flipping through a fashion magazine in a café. I just want there to be something left of myself when they grow older and leave the house.”
“I stutter when I read sometimes, and people laugh. It makes me feel ashamed, and it makes me worry that when I grow up I won’t be able to teach my kids how to read because of how I read. But I go to study hall every day because Coach Randy says that if I read a book every day, nobody will ever tell me again that I stutter.”
“My biggest goal is to be completely normal. I want to wake up in a bed every morning, take a shower, drink a cup of coffee, eat breakfast, and read the paper.”
*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE HUMANS OF NEW YORK WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE.
The rest of this workshop will discuss...
- ONLY SON
- METROPOLITAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER, NEW YORK
- RETIRED LADY
- OUR FATHER
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- to graduate: (verb) [Portuguese: formar-se] - successfully complete an academic degree, course of training, or high school.
- to be wrapped up (in someone or something): (expression) [Portuguese: enrolado] - concerned or obsessed with someone or something. Sally is pretty wrapped up in herself.
- flipping through a fashion magazine: (expression) [Portuguese: xxx] folheando uma revista de moda
- to stutter: (verb) [Portuguese: gagueira] talk with continued involuntary repetition of sounds, especially initial consonants. "the child was stuttering in fright"
- ashamed: (adjective) [Portuguese: envergonhado] - embarrassed or guilty because of one's actions, characteristics, or associations. "you should be ashamed of yourself"
- goofy: (adjective) [Portuguese: pateta] - foolish; harmlessly eccentric.
- one meaty part in a movie: (expression) [Portuguese: xxx] um papel importante num filme
- to coax: (verb) [Portuguese: persuadir ]- persuade (someone) gradually or by flattery to do something. "the trainees were coaxed into doing hard, boring work"
- to whisper: (verb) [Portuguese: sussurrar] - speak very softly using one's breath without one's vocal cords, especially for the sake of privacy. "Alison was whispering in his ear"
- I got caught up in a little something: (expression) [Portuguese: Fique enrolado numa coisa] – to become busy.
- pity: (noun) [Portuguese: piedade] the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others. "her voice was full of pity"
- punch: (verb) [Portuguese: soco] strike with the fist. "she punched him in the face and ran off"
- parole: (noun) [Portuguese: liberdade condicional] the release of a prisoner temporarily (for a special purpose) or permanently before the completion of a sentence, on the promise of good behaviour. "he committed a burglary while on parole"
- smoke some pot: (noun) [Portuguese: fumar um pouco de maconha] marijuana
- infringement: infração – (noun) [Portuguese: xxx] the action of breaking the terms of a law, agreement, etc.; violation. "copyright infringement"
- apology: (noun) [Portuguese: desculpa] - a regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure. "we owe you an apology"
- crowdfunding: (noun) [Portuguese: financiamento colaborativo] - the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.
- corniness (corny): (adjective) [Portuguese: sentimental] trite, banal, or mawkishly sentimental. "it sounds corny, but as soon as I saw her I knew she was the one"
- patent: (noun) [Portuguese: patente] - a government authority or license conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention.
- to sniff: (verb) [Portuguese: cheirar] - draw in air audibly through the nose to detect a smell, to stop it from running, or to express contempt. "his dog sniffed at my trousers"
- Humans of New York - www.humansofnewyork.com
- Humans of New York Wikipedia
- Humans of New York Facebook Page
- “This Is Why I Hate Humans of New York (And You Should, Too)” Anonymous author, August 2014, Thought Catalog
- "20 stunning portraits from the 'Humans of New York' photographer's interviews with Syrian refugees” Jacobs, Sarah, December 2015,
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