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LISTEN: Interview with Humans of New York Creator Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton lost his finance job in Chicago during the Great Recession.

He moved to New York City, where he started a photography project. Brandon would approach random people on the streets and take their picture. Somewhere along the way, he started collecting little quotes from his subjects as he talked to them about their lives.

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Little did Brandon know that this was the beginning of the incredibly successful blog and books “Humans of New York”.  Today, the project has more than 22.5 million followers on Facebook and Instagram alone.

Instead of small quotes, the photographs Brandon captures today are accompanied by compelling stories of each subject’s life, insights, personal struggles, or self-reflection.

Brandon Stanton is the Student Government Horton Distinguished Speaker at RIT’s Brick City Homecoming & Family weekend at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 at the Gordon Field House.

To hear an interview with Brandon, click on the LISTEN link above.

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two-decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York, to Miami, Florida.