After graduating from UGA, Stanton moved to Chicago and then to New York City in pursuit of a career in bonds trading. In 2010, soon after arriving in New York, he started the photography blog Humans of New York.
Initially began as a project to document the location of 10,000 randomly selected New Yorkers, HONY soon expanded into storytelling, with an emphasis on reflecting the city's diverse population through standlone images and exercepted quotes from interviews.
With more than 6,000 photos and stories, HONY has amassed a large following on social media. As of September 2015, it claimed nearly 15 million Facebook followers and more than 3.8 million Instagram followers.
In recent years, Stanton has taken his blog on the road. Stanton's recent visit to Iran, his second in three years, included a post that resonated with millions, including President Obama. You can read about that here.