A man, a camera, a city, and it’s people….

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….






About filmcamera999

ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 years...my first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money back...no arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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2 Responses to A man, a camera, a city, and it’s people….

  1. Hachege says:

    Thanks for share with us.

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