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Campbell remembers being "intrigued" when one of her Facebook friends shared a photo of a man with a mohawk from Stanton's Humans of New York page. She claimed the Humans of Ann Arbor name in May 2012. Since she started posting regularly last fall, she's built a following of more than 3,000 "likes" (see "The 3,000th 'Like,'" p. 42). She spends about twenty-five hours a week on her business and another ten hours photographing, editing, posting, and monitoring her online project--although she says it's "not overly produced or glamorous--just [photos of] people doing what they're doing," usually with a note about her encounter, or a brief mini-interview.

"People are so lonely," she says, "and the 'Humans' projects are a balm for that." She usually spends just a couple minutes with a photo subject, but there are times she'll talk for a half an hour or more. She lets the humans "lead the way."

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Campbell moved to Ann Arbor from Chicago four years ago with her husband, JT Anderson, and their son Oscar, now thirteen, when Anderson took a job as creative director at Enlighten, a digital marketing company. She'd lived in Chicago for sixteen years and attended Columbia College's photography program. Campbell was an apprentice under Mark Brown--a popular Chicago photographer who has been featured on Oprah--eventually managing his studio. There, she says, she learned all there was to learn, from how to create an heirloom photograph to marketing.

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