1.en.02 Humans of New York (HONY): a mosaic of portraits and stories

In 2010, Brandon Stanton  set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers. Seven years later, his photoblog is followed by more than 7 million people on social media. It has become so very popular among New Yorkers that now everyone in the city knows what the acronym hony stands for.  Sometimes Brandon accompanies his pics with a  caption, a quote or even a story.

Let’s look at one of his photos:

Now let’s watch a short videos with some of his best photos:


1) Choose a portrait from the video. Add it to the Powerpoint that I will create for the group. In your notebook write a description of the portrait you chose, include your first impressions, what do you think this person life is like?

Attention: Portraits can not be repeated. Be ready to present your pic to the class.

You can acces the presentation clicking on the image

Dismantling stereotypes implies developing awareness on how diverse and complex reality is. This year we shall be working with Humans of New York inspiring pics. What is the stereotype of a New Yorker? I bet that after doing this activity you will understand there are not simple straightforward answers to that question

Humans of New York


I) Find out media coverage of  Brandon’s site.  You must cite the media you investigated. Write answers in your notebook. (reading and writing)

2) Listen to Brandon himself talk about his project . Watch this video. Write a short description of Brandon. What impressed you most about him? Think of 5 questions would you like to ask him? Write them in your notebook.(listening and writing)


3) The portrait from hony I have chosen to illustrate this post is from Stella. It was taken on the 19th October 2012. It generated thousands of notes.  Click on the pic to learn more about her. Read Stella’s story. Write down the words you had to look up in the dictionary. Choose a note you sympathised with. Be ready to share it with your classmates. Do you think Stella’s experiences are common among teenagers? Do you believe hony helped her? Why?  You could also visit her blog?  Practise retelling Stella’s story aloud.

Your project

You are going to follow on Brandon’s steps and will try to capture what a Majorca dweller is. So, we are going to create our Humans of Majorca project

You have to:

a) Take pics of people in the streets: locals, foreign residents, tourists, visitors …

b) Find out about these people’s lives

c) Write down a short text about these people

d) Include your pics in our shared HOM presentation

e) Be ready to share your findings with the class!!

You can access our HOM presentation by clicking on the image below

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