Weekend links

I don’t normally have one link to share for our routine weekend links post, but with all the crazy going on worldwide lately, I felt like there’s one that deserves a bit of showcasing.

If you follow one Facebook page, let it be Humans of New York. Or, HONY. (There’s also a website, too. And Instagram. And Twitter.)

Humans of New York is the best thing on the Internet right now.

Brandon is a young photographer who started a humble Facebook page simply by taking photos of New Yorkers and sharing their stories—the idea being that everyone has a story to tell, if only we stop to listen.

Now 9 million-plus followers strong, I think it’s the best thing on the Internet right now.

Humans of New York is the best thing on the Internet right now.

Brandon is currently on a 50-day trip in partnership with the United Nations, posting portraits and stories from around the world. And I agree with two frequent comments left by the page’s followers: that Brandon stands in solid consideration for a Pulitzer Prize for his work right now, and that the page should really be named HOPE: Humans of Planet Earth.

Humans of New York is the best thing on the Internet right now.

Now, go follow HONY.


Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. I agree, it’s important stuff, and I love seeing the pictures and tiny stories throughout my day. I had no idea a Pulitzer Prize was in question. Awesome.

  2. I looooove HONY. The perfect small stories + a photograph are just so gripping and (very often) quite touching. I even reviewed his book, which for an art/coffee table book, is probably the best one I’ve ever searched through. I read it cover to cover! Read about it here: http://tinyurl.com/lz9xutv

    PS– I just realized I reviewed your newest book, too, Tsh, within the same post! 😉

    Sarah M

  3. I love it so much. Its my favorite thing to follow. His book of new York is extraordinary but you are right this trip he is on and the stories he shares are amazing.

  4. Laura Tawney says:

    I already follow it and Brandon is amazing!

  5. I haven’t heard of this. Thank you for bringing it my attention!

  6. I love this. I’ve noticed a few friends share HONY photos on facebook from time to time, but I have not yet followed it myself. I love how the project has taken off organically and has been recognized by the UN and Pullitzer… Wow.

  7. I signed up for HONY for about 6 hours today, until I realized it’s a pretty negative space with regards to the comments. The pictures are captivating but not worth filtering through all of the charged emotions within the comment section. I unsubscribed.

    • HONY is one page that I rarely/never read the comments. To me, Brandon’s work is not at all about what the viewers think. It’s all about the PEOPLE and the stories that Brandon is able to tell. Seeing his pictures and reading the personal quotes is a daily reminder that we are all human and each person has a story – a powerful, engaging story. If only we could take the time to listen and really seek to understand those stories… imagine the compassion we would evoke in our own space of this planet.

      Thanks Tsh for highlighting HONY.

  8. Love Human of New York too. One of few pages I follow on Facebook.

  9. Just spent most of babies nap time scrolling through this page and I love it. Thanks for sharing!

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