Since 2010, Stanton has posted some 5,000 photos to his website. He's appeared on the Today show and has a Humans of New York book coming out from St. Martin's Press in the fall. That publication is probably the least interesting and most traditional medium for Stanton's work. With Humans of New York, he has done nothing less than create a fresh form of photography that capitalizes on the connective possibilities of social media. In doing so he may represent the future of photography itself. He is his own editor, curator, and publisher, and his audience is larger than any traditional medium could allow. Stanton's wide-reaching success heralds a new era when what matters to the viewer is having a direct connection with the artist and his work. His audience doesn't care about credentials or credits, or the fact that he only started shooting regularly a few years back. Thanks to his prolific digital output, he's quickly evolved into one of the world's more popular photographers, corralling nearly three times the Facebook likes of, for instance, Annie Leibovitz.