UNT Fine Arts Series welcomes Humans of New York creator

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 21:38
Brandon Stanton
Brandon Stanton

What: Humans of New York: An Evening with Brandon Stanton welcomes the creator of the popular blog Humans of New York who will discuss his photography and stories with UNT students and guests. The event is part of the University of North Texas Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series in conjunction with the UNT Distinguished Lecture Series.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 28 (Wednesday).

Where: UNT Coliseum, 600 Ave. D, Denton.

Cost: Free for students, $10 for guests of students, $20 for faculty, staff and alumni and $30 for guests with no UNT affiliation. Tickets may be purchased at untuniontickets.com and are on sale now.

Parking: For UNT parking permit holders, follow Transportation Services parking rules and regulations in regard to designated permits. Non-UNT parking permit holders must purchase a $5 Visitor Parking Permit, available for purchase for this special event when buying a HONY event ticket. From the Shopping Cart, choose the option "Add more tickets" and select the parking pass for this event. A map of designated parking lots is included when a Visitor Parking Permit is purchased.

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Six years ago, Brandon Stanton was a recently unemployed bond trader with a penchant for photography and an eye for storytelling. Now, he’s the creative mind behind Humans of New York, a photography blog that stirs the feelings of millions of followers every day with inspiring and often heartrending glimpses into the lives of people in New York City and around the world. Stanton will be bringing his positivity and experience to the UNT Coliseum, 600 Ave. D in Denton, at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 (Wednesday) as part of the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts and Distinguished Lecture series.

Humans of New York began as a hobby that Stanton practiced to unwind from the stresses of work. On weekends, he would travel to downtown Chicago and photograph interesting strangers. After being laid off, he decided to pursue his passion for photography by going on a nationwide road trip and capturing photos of people – from New Orleans to Philadelphia to New York – taking nearly a thousand photographs every day. This journey eventually took him to New York City where his photography took on a new purpose. His original goal was to create a photographic census of New York City through 10,000 photographs, but, based on the response he was getting from his audience, it evolved to a combination of a photograph with that person's story. This powerful merging of the art of photography and storytelling has landed Stanton nearly six million followers on Instagram, more than 17 million likes on Facebook and trips to Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and the White House. Those millions of social media fans have led to millions of dollars raised for charity and to Stanton publishing two bestselling books.

As he continues his work chronicling the captivating lives of everyday people, Stanton is coming to Denton to talk about how he translated his passion into a medium that enthralls an international audience.

Humans of New York: An Evening with Brandon Stanton is free for students; $10 for guests of students; $20 for faculty, staff and alumni; and $30 for guests with no UNT affiliation. Tickets may be purchased at untuniontickets.com.

For more information about this and other Fine Arts Series events, visit the Fine Arts Series on Facebook, Twitter or at studentaffairs.unt.edu/fine-arts-series. Information about the Distinguished Lecture Series can be found at studentaffairs.unt.edu/distinguished-lecture-series.


About the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series

The University of North Texas Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series began in 1903 as the Lyceum Series when UNT was North Texas Normal College. The program has grown over the past century while never losing sight of its purpose – to enrich the lives of UNT students through engaging and diverse events and artist presentations. The FAS strives to present an exciting series of performing, visual and literary arts events free of charge to UNT students.

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