Humans of New York, a project by photographer and storyteller Brandon Stanton, has profiled thousands of subjects. Some as big as President Barack Obama, and some as small as young children.
Now he’s focusing his lens on Macomb County, a suburban area just north of Detroit that has a variety of incomes, successes and challenges. Here are his words as to why, posted on his Facebook page and Instagram.
Macomb County has made a lot of news lately. A northern suburb of Detroit, the county is largely ‘blue collar’ and its economy is heavily dependent upon the auto industry. Last week Macomb County voted decisively for Donald Trump. It was the first time in almost thirty years that a Republican presidential candidate has carried Macomb. Many pundits have pointed to this shift as representative of a greater movement among America’s white working class. For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting stories from Macomb County. I didn’t ask anyone who they voted for. Very few of the stories even touch on politics. And while the series cannot presume to be representative of an entire region, hopefully it will introduce you to a few of the people who live there.
This isn’t the first time he’s ventured out of New York City for his project. Stanton has brought his creativity to places far off like Jerusalem, Iran, Jordan, Ukraine, Mexico, and India. He has also published some books.