I first came across the Humans of New York project when I saw this photo, left, on Facebook. It was one of the most striking images I’d ever seen, so I clicked in to look at the rest of the photos attached to what the photographer describes as “The photographic census of NYC. One street portrait at a time.” The young man behind the project, Brandon Stanton, has generously allowed me to share some of his work with you here, so I’ve selected 25 portraits that represent the beautiful array of families living here in New York City, as well as a few of the most iconic archetypes and characters roaming the streets and subways.
I’ve used Stanton’s original photo captions when possible; those are in quotes below. All other commentary including photo titles is mine. (Stanton doesn’t title his work.) Now laugh, tear up at, admire and fall in love with the Humans of New York: