Sweimeh, Jordan

Seen at the Dead Sea

Amman, Jordan

"I get way too sensitive when I get attached to someone."

Erbil, Iraq

"What do you guys want to do when you grow up?"
"Doctor."
"Doctor."

Dohuk, Iraq

"We told her to sit with us so we could share her sadness."

Al-Salt, Jordan

"He runs to me every time I come home. It makes me very happy, and it reminds me of the times when I used to run to my father."

Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of Congo

She said she’d let me take her photo if I bought some peanuts from her. Afterward, I asked if she could remember the saddest moment of her life. She laughed, and said: “You’re going to need to buy some more peanuts.”

Humans Of New York Takes On The World

Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the insanely popular Humans of New York website, leaves the five boroughs behind.

At first glance, some of the faces look familiar: a proud father with his daughters; rambunctious boys out for a swim; a shopkeeper with his wares. But the captions, in the words of the subjects, make clear that Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton has left the five boroughs behind.

The shopkeeper, photographed in a Jordan refugee camp, stands amid shelves sparsely stocked with kitchen supplies. “Back in Syria, I sold antiques and Orientals. But they beat me with rifles and knocked out my teeth. Then they burned my store to the ground," he told Stanton.

Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan

Humans of New York, though not without its critics, is a photography website that has won a loyal following for its documentary-style portraits of New Yorkers, offering viewers a small window into the hidden triumphs and pains of faces on the street. Now Stanton is embarking on a 50-day tour of the world, sponsored by the United Nations, to dangerous areas and war zones. So far he has traveled to Iraq, Jordan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo; Ukraine, Haiti, and South Sudan are slated for the coming weeks.

For the United Nations, partnering with Stanton paves the way to reaching his sizable social media audience, including 9 million Facebook fans and 1.5 million Instagram followers. UN officials say they are hoping to raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals, which aim for “human dignity, equality, and equity” by focusing on objectives related to reducing poverty, protecting the environment, and more.

So far, reactions to the international portraits have been largely positive, with a perhaps expected percentage of soapboxing. “This page restores our faith in humanity,” reads one typical Facebook comment, in response to a photograph of a Jordan grandmother with her daughters and granddaughters.

[h/t New York Times]

[All photos: Brandon Stanton/Humans of New York]

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