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Published on Apr 24, 2014
Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the photoblog and #1 New York Times bestselling book Humans of New York has received the James Joyce Award from the UCD Literary & Historical Society at University College Dublin, Ireland.
On setting out in the summer of 2010 to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map, Brandon says that he "thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of New York City's inhabitants". Since then, Humans of New York has evolved into a catalogue of photographs of NYC inhabitants alongside quotes and short stories Brandon collects while speaking with them. Today, Humans of New York has over 4.5 million followers on social media offering them a glimpse into the daily lives of strangers in New York City.
"This award recognises Brandon's remarkable dedication and achievement in producing an expansive photographic record of the inhabitants of New York City. With over 6,000 portraits and narratives to date, and counting, Humans of New York lends its audience keen insights into this fascinating city and the way of life of its inhabitants," says Eoin MacLachlan, Auditor of the UCD Literary & Historical Society, University College Dublin.
The James Joyce Award is named in honour of University College Dublin's best known graduate, James Joyce, the author of Ulysses, who himself was a leading light of the UCD Literary & Historical Society.
Previous recipients of the UCD Literary & Historical Society James Joyce Award include: former White Stripes frontman, Jack White; the Beatle's music producer and arranger, the man known as the Fifth Beatle, Sir George Martin; Harry Potter author, JK Rowling; Satanic Verses author, Salman Rushdie; former Monty Python, Michael Palin; and The Who frontman and legendary rock star, Roger Daltrey.