‘Humans of New York’ Photographer To Speak At Penn State

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Brandon Stanton, the photographer known for his “Humans of New York” project, will speak at Eisenhower Auditorium on Oct. 2 as part of SPA’s distinguished speaker series.

Stanton started HONY in 2010 after he was fired from a job in finance, documenting the lives of New Yorkers by photographing one per day and adding a quote or short story from his conversations.

The HONY project became extremely popular, eventually garnering nearly 10 million Facebook likes. Stanton is currently on a 50-day trip across 10 different countries, including South Sudan, Uganda, and Ethiopia.

Stanton released a book in October 2013, compiling much of his HONY series to that point in the photographic collection. His photoblog has earned him awards and acclaim from the art community, the Internet world, and more. Time Magazine added the photographer to its 2013 list of “30 Under 30 People Changing The World.” Stanton has turned his popularity into philanthropic efforts, in one case raising $318,530 for Hurricane Sandy relief after photographing the storm’s victims and first responders.

Tickets for the event are not available yet. Stanton is expected to hold a 15-minute question-and-answer session at the end of the speech, which will be free for students.

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