There is a man, living in a city, in the USA.
This is a very special man. He has been taking photos of as many people as he can, who live in the same city as himself…New York city.
But his are not ordinary street snaps. No.
His shots show a huge variety of people from all walks of life, but what makes the photos different from a normal street shooter is that he actually walks up to his subjects, asks them for their permission, and then goes one further, by taking his shot, then asking them personal questions.
In doing so, he has produced a work which is highly unusual, but very, very popular, with millions of people flocking to his website every week.
Here, I want to show you just a few of his shots, with attached narratives…..for a better show, I will give out his website address at the end:
“If people don’t start paying closer attention, we’re going to be living in a corporate fascist state in no time. We’re paying $3.50 for a cup of coffee. You know how much a POUND of coffee beans costs? $3.50. But nobody knows that. Cause nobody’s paying attention.”
“Want to hear a great Ringo Starr story?” “Absolutely.” “Once I was walking into the Staples Center, and I look next to me and Ringo Starr is walking right beside me. I’d been working on a project with his son, so to make conversation, I said: ‘I’ve really been enjoying getting to know your son.’ I said it very casually, but he got very reflective and said: ‘Maybe it’s time I got to know him too.’”
“When my husband was dying, I said: ‘Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?’ He told me: ‘Take the love you have for me and spread it around.’”
“Is this for Fashion Week?”
“Nah, I just got out of jail. I’ve been wearing this shit for two weeks.”
“We’ve been best friends since 1967.”
“Firefighters from FDNY Engine 228. When I was taking the photo, a bystander leaned in and whispered: “They aren’t even on the job. It’s their day off.”
“I’m studying to get a PhD in Neuroscience, but in my free time I like to perform in burlesque shows.”
“I’m currently trying to find my place in the universe.”
“What’s been your occupation until now?”
“I’m a photographer.”
“Is there a single photograph that you’ve taken which you are proudest of?”
“One time I was photographing from a bridge with a telephoto lens, and I was looking down on a beach. There was this little boy in a cowboy hat playing by the water. I was very patient, and caught this moment when all the adults cleared out of the way, and the tide came in, and the boy was completely alone, surrounded by water. I’ve always viewed it as representative of how we sometimes feel so alone in the world. And when we do, we feel just like a child.”
The photographer is Brandon Stanton and you can read more about him here….