Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, will speak at UNT as part of its Distinguished Lecturer Series on Sept. 28, 2016.

Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, will speak at UNT as part of its Distinguished Lecturer Series on Sept. 28, 2016.

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Humans of New York: An Evening with Brandon Stanton

"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: 

Recent characters:

Kids that are too, too cute:

Today in microfashion...

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Today in microfashion...

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Today in microfashion...

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On a more serious note:

“She committed suicide a week prior to our thirtieth anniversary. Our oldest daughter had died of leukemia a couple years earlier. Holly took it extra hard. We drifted apart. We’d parse our words. Nothing was natural anymore: ‘Do we talk this way?’ ‘Do we laugh at this moment?’ ‘ Do we even have a right to laugh?’ But I still thought we were doing OK. Things weren’t like they used to be. But I still thought things were OK. We rented a hotel room for our thirtieth anniversary. I was supposed to meet her there after work. She overdosed on pills before I got there. I don’t know why she did it that way. She said in her note that she wasn’t angry, but I don’t know why she did it that way. I fell apart. I started drinking a lot and doing cocaine. I lost my job. One day I was giving a presentation after being up all night on drugs, and I just started hallucinating. I thought one of the clients was Holly. I stopped the presentation and started calling her name. The company was nice about it. They gave me a nice severance package. But I gave all the money to my kids. I’ve been on the streets ever since. It’s been eight years. My kids have tried to give me the money back but I won’t take it. I ride the subways at night. If it’s warm enough, I sleep on a bench. I read a little. I write a little. I go to the soup line in the morning. I’m just existing. I wasn’t a good husband. I wasn’t a good father. And now I’m doing penance.”

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