Five French cities join the 'Humans of' movement.

Alain-Patrick Umucyo By Alain-Patrick Umucyo, 5th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/w-s7gelt/
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Started in New-York city, the 'Humans of' movement has spread beyond the US' borders. It now takes over 5 French cities, which offer a new approach to the movement.

I/ The movement

The photo of an anonym generally supplemented with a short excerpt of the talk between the photographer and the subject. This is actually the essence of the Humans of movement. The dominant medium for this international movement is the Facebook page. It is now possible to follow, among others, the pages Humans of China(1), Humans of Amman(2), Humans of Paris(3) and Humans of New-York(4). The latter was the starting point.

II/ The beginning

In the summer of 2010, a US citizen freshly arrived in New-York started a photo project. He had no experience whatsoever in this domain and “admits he has never learned the technically correct way to use” his cameras.(5) His first intent was to “photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map.”(6) After a few portraits, he “began to interview subjects in addition to photographing them.”(7) Ever since, the published pictures have been supplemented with a quote or a short story about the person photographed.(8) The method has not changed. The number of fans however surely has. It went from thousands to millions.(9)

III/ The ideal

The Humans of movement puts forth the human beings while suggesting the specificity of a local area. Be it in New-York, Amman or Singapore(10), each picture bears an atmosphere, a colouration, unique to the site where it is taken. Each one, however, highlights emotions, aspirations and experiences that can be lived by any human being on this planet. The movement illustrates the ideal of a united, or unique, humanity despite the diversity of the spaces it is settled in. This is particularly striking with a page like Humans of Tehran(11) which (re)connects entirely the Iranians with the international community from which they “have been politically, and in many other ways, isolated in recent years.”(12)

IV/ The new approach

The way the movement Humans of is concretised varies from a Facebook page to another. Many are managed by a unique and independent administrator, like the original Humans of New-York page.(13) Many others are part of the Humans Of Planet Earth (HOPE) collective. Five French cities have developed another approach. Nice(14), Montpellier(15), Grenoble(16), Clermont-Ferrand(17) and Besançon(18) have chosen the collaborative way. Everyone can contribute by sending a portrait and a comment directly to the relevant Facebook page via a private message. This new variation continues the diversity of a movement which aspires to putting forth the best of the world : the human beings.

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SOURCES

(1)Humans of China. Page created on 30 July 2013. 18 076 likes. <https://www.facebook.com/humansofchina/timeline> accessed 03 August 2014

(2)Humans of Amman. Page created on 06 November 2012. 23 851 likes. <https://www.facebook.com/HumansOfAmman/timeline> accessed 03 August 2014

(3)Humans of Paris. Page created on 22 April 2012. 218 858 likes.<https://www.facebook.com/HOPAIP/timeline> accessed 03 August 2014

(4)Humans of New-York. Page created in November 2010. 8 605 859 likes. <https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/timeline> accessed 03 August 2014

(5)Julie Bosman, 'A Fisherman in New York’s Sea of Faces ; ‘Humans of New York,’ by Brandon Stanton' (The New-York Times, 06 November 2013) <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/business/media/humans-of-new-york-by-brandon-stanton.html?_r=0> accessed 01 August 2014

(6)Brandon Stanton, 'About' (Humans of New-York) <https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/info> accessed 03 August 2014

(7)Ibid

(8)Ibid

(9)Julie Bosman, 'A Fisherman in New York’s Sea of Faces ; ‘Humans of New York,’ by Brandon Stanton' (The New-York Times, 06 November 2013) <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/business/media/humans-of-new-york-by-brandon-stanton.html?_r=0> accessed 01 August 2014

(10)Humans of Singapore. Page created in January 2013. 43 865 likes. <https://www.facebook.com/HumansOfSG/timeline> accessed 05 August 2014.

(11)Humans of Tehran. Page created on 09 May 2012. 158 326 likes. <https://www.facebook.com/HumansOfTehran/timeline> accessed 03 August 2014

(12)Sara Afzal, 'Facebook Spreads Global 'Humans of' Photography Movement' (Mashable, 10 November 2013) <http://mashable.com/2013/11/10/humans-of-facebook/> accessed 01 August 2014

(13)'How to Create Your Own Humans Of Movement In Your City' (Praverb) <http://www.praverb.net/2014/01/how-to-create-your-own-humans-of.html> accessed 03 August 2014

(14)Humans of Nice. Page created in August 2014 <https://www.facebook.com/HumansOfNice/info> accessed 04 August 2014

(15)Humans of Montpellier. Page created in August 2014 <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humans-of-Montpellier/299016160280442?sk=info> accessed 04 August 2014

(16)Humans of Grenoble. Page created in August 2014 <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humans-of-Grenoble/702461046495793?sk=info> accessed 04 August 2014

(17)Humans of Clermont-Ferrand. Page created in August 2014 <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humans-of-Clermont-Ferrand/1454642728147587?sk=info> accessed 04 August 2014

(18)Humans of Besançon. Page created in August 2014 <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humans-of-Besan%C3%A7on/565876570189698?sk=info> accessed 04 August 2014

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author avatar Joyce Singha
6th Aug 2014 (#)

This is an interesting project. I am glad it has grown; allows regular folks to be seen and heard.

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