Social media is a superimposing place where people are usually bragging.
The most pivotal moments in people's lives revolve around emotions. Emotions make stories powerful.
Fortunately, I've done so many interviews that I've become very good at detecting when someone is giving a less-than-candid reply.
'Humans of New York' did not result from a flash on inspiration. It grew from five years of experimenting, tinkering, and messing up.
I am a huge fan of biographies. What I'm always looking for is a story. I want a story I have never heard from anyone else.
Somebody's willingness to let me photograph them, and willingness to tell me a story, has nothing to do with the words I say. It all has to do with the energy I'm giving off, which hopefully is very genuine, very interested energy. It's just two people having a conversation in the street. I think that's where genuine content comes from.