NCN is happy to introduce Brandon Stanton, a street photographer who devotes each day to photographing strangers on the streets of New York. Over the past two and one half years he has taken over 5,000 portraits of strangers along West 14th St. in New York City, each accompanied with an appropriate quotation or anecdote from his subject that opens up a window into their life and world. He has over one million followers on Facebook and Tumblr. Many of these photographs can be see on his website or in his forthcoming book Humans of New York, scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2013 by St. Martin’s Press. As America Photo notes, “he has done nothing less than create a fresh form of photography that capitalizes on the connective possibilities of social media. In doing so he may represent the future of photography itself. He is his own editor, curator, and publisher, and his audience is larger than any traditional medium could allow.”
We are pleased to welcome him to NCN and we encourage you to examine and engage his work.
I’m happy for the guy, and I really wish him well… he seems like a really OK guy- More than OK!
But I honestly just can’t get all that excited about his work. It’s just too damn commercial in appearance, which is in no small way why it is so readily accepted and celebrated. And I’ve seen too many people with way more unique and creative styles and visions that don’t get anywhere near his attention.
Yeah, I know, that’s life. Like I said, I really wish him well. Very positive stuff (truly)- and Lord knows we do need more of it. But “the future of street photography?” I sure hope not…