Humans of New York’s Brandon Stanton Explains Why Photographers Should Stop Fighting the Internet

Social Documentary Photography - Brandon Stanton

In Austin, Texas for South by Southwest, and I got to say that I’m really enjoying being back in this city. So many people to see and things to do, and to think that it’s only going to get more popular and crowded — I don’t miss the traffic, though. Luckily I got in early enough to catch a really informative and inspiring interview with Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton. In case you don’t know, he’s the guy behind the Humans of New York a social documentary photography project. I was amazed by his humility, but, even more, I was impressed with his internet know-how.

And I know many photographers wouldn’t agree, but his ideas on working with the internet (meaning: worrying less about your copyright and more about distribution) are worth listening to. It’s surprising to hear him explain why he doesn’t care if his images get pulled from his site without his permission and how that has made his work more popular and profitable. You should watch the whole interview. Also, as a side-note, I make a cameo (alas, only as a cough though).


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