Humans of San Antoniois a social media photojournalism project founded in 2012 that is focused on preserving inner city culture. Beginning with the movement Humans of New York, Humans of San Antonio is also part of the Global Humans Project, a network of major cities around the world committed to capturing life as truth. From Amsterdam to India to Rio de Janeiro, San Antonio joins the ranks of cities photographed and shown through social media to the rest of the world. Humans of San Antonio consists of over 1,000 interviews and photographs, and has gained a social media audience of over 20,000 followers. The Humans of San Antonio project is recipient of the Awesome SA Community Award.
"...Humans of San Antonio goes past journalism, goes past truth-telling, and lands on the truth itself..." - Ben Olivo of the San Antonio Express News.
"My son suffered from diabetes and he lived most of his adult life in a wheel chair because the doctors had to remove his legs. One morning, I walked into his room to check up on him. I called his name several times and he wouldn't respond. I walked over to his bed wake him up. I realized he passed on to God."
"Today I dance."
"They're starting to push the people out of their neighborhoods." "Who is they?" "The rich."
"Earlier this year, there was a point in my life where I got so depressed I attempted suicide. Today is my 9th surgery, and I know I'll get through this because I have my Dad. I never would of called 911 that night or anyone else but my Dad to let him know what I did. My Dad always stood by my side, even when at my worst times, and that means the world to me."
"I volunteered to go to war in 1968. I wanted to fight alongside my brother. I joined the Army around the same time my brother did and when I found out the was in Vietnam fighting in an area that was severely bombed I thought to myself I would never see him again. Well one day my convoy received orders to go to that same area where my brother was at. I was so nervous because for so long I was thinking that I wouldn't see him again. Fortunately, by the grace of God my brother was alive. I didn't recognize him at first because he was covered in dirt and he didn't recognize me because he just couldn't believe that I was there. After giving him a big hug, I looked him in the eyes and said, 'I love you brother. I am so happy to see you again.'"
"The lord knows I'm here."
"I'm 21 and I have two kids and I live at a women's shelter. Life is totally fucked up right now."
"My wife is in heaven. She passed about 5 years ago, but I still think about her everyday. That's why I don't have a girlfriend." "What kind of advice would you give to young people?" "Don't be in a hurry to find success. Take advantage of opportunities, but don't take advantage of people."
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"Hurricane Katrina took everything from me except my faith."
"I'm tired of San Antonio being so old fashioned man. Where are the music studio's downtown? Where are the trains and bicycle lanes? Where are the late night coffeeshops? Where are the street performers? Whatever happen to those hip hop music performers that used to jam out in front of the Alamo? They probably asked them to leave because the crowds got too big."
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"What is beautiful?" "Life."
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"I'm just in disbelief. I honestly didn't think I would ever get married in Texas."
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"What is your greatest accomplishment?" "I successfully memorized the entire Quran in two and a half months while fasting and going to medical school." "I've tried to photograph a Muslim a few times this year and every time I ask, I get a no. How did you decide to let me photograph you today?" "I understand that Americans may not have the best impressions of Muslims here in the US and so I just wanted to share my message in a positive light."