Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the terrific blog Humans of New York, has been quite busy in the last year. When I first wrote about his work last April, he had a fraction of the enormous following that he has now. As of today, the HONY Facebook page has 593,969 followers, many of whom rushed to defend Stanton when DKNY stole his photos for a window display in Bangkok. Stanton proved his humanitarian nature when he turned the theft into an opportunity to raise $100,000 so Brooklyn kids can attend summer camp.
But Stanton did another quite amazing thing recently that may have been a bit overlooked by his fans. He took a trip to Iran and did what American tourists are not supposed to do: take photos. Stanton notes, “The US Government advises against all travel to Iran, and especially warns against photography.” He says, “I traveled to Iran without knowing if I’d be able to achieve anything resembling my work in NYC.” Not only did Stanton take portraits on par with his NYC series, he may have outdone himself. Here’s a sampling of his Iran portraits, most of them focusing on the lives of Iranian children. They’re incredible:
To see all of Stanton’s photos from his trip to Iran, visit this section of his website. Photos used with permission.
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