Humans of New York creator at Sydney Opera House
BRANDON Stanton carries a city's hopes and fears in the palm of his hand - or rather, on the pages of his online publishing phenomenon, Humans of New York.
Now the Sydney Opera House has announced that fans of the viral photoblog will get the insider stories when Stanton gives a one-off talk in the concert hall on February 10.
From the man who told how he avenged his sister's attacker, to the child who described how he remained brave in the face of his cancer, literally hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have allowed Stanton to photograph them and record the private thoughts they may never have revealed to anyone else.
Humans of New York, which started in 2010, provides a peephole into the heart of the city. And with an eye-watering 18 million followers on Facebook, 7.5 million on Instagram and 772,000 on Twitter, a lot of people look into it.
When Stanton wrote an open letter to then presidential candidate Donald Trump - "you are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power", the letter said in part - it was "liked" by 2.3 million Facebook users and shared over a million times.
Not just that, but Stanton has raised millions of dollars for people and causes to which he was sensitised while cataloguing their stories on his daily posts.
At his Opera House appearance, Stanton will speak about some of his most iconic images and interviews. He will also answer questions.
For the audience, it will be a chance to hear first-hand from the man who "has individually spearheaded an international internet phenomenon", said Edwina Throsby, head of talks and ideas at the Opera House.
"We are so pleased to be providing Sydneysiders with this unique opportunity to hear the stories behind the stories direct from the source," Throsby said.
"It promises to be an unmissable and illumining event for everyone who's interested in storytelling."
Tickets costing from $29 are on sale today.