"I take pictures of people on the street and ask them questions," Brandon Stanton, creator of the photo project-slash-New York Times best-seller Humans of New York, says in his Twitter bio. But, in reality, he does so much more: His combination of photographs and often poignant captions (sometimes much longer than caption length) merge art and storytelling, giving millions of fans on social media emotional insight into the lives of characters from around the globe. A recent series of posts regarding veterans and PTSD was particularly heartbreaking; two photos of Hillary Clinton that explained why she's often perceived as cold rang particularly true for women.
Stanton will deliver a presentation about his work for the first installment of this season's University of North Texas' Distinguished Lecture Series in the university's Coliseum on Sept. 28.
Until then, here are some memorable HUNY posts:
Kids that are too, too cute:
On a more serious note:
And that time the Dallas Morning News' own Michael Merschel was featured:
More on that here.