Faces of the City
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."
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.