Monday, March 04, 2013

You Got It.

What's a girl to do when a cute, kind, talented man asks for her help?

She helps.

If you haven't heard by now, Humans of New York (HONY) photographer Brandon Stanton, was essentially ripped off by the fashion label DKNY. They asked to use his photos in a worldwide campaign for a small allowance (by industry standards)... he asked for more... they declined... so did he.

Time passes and then a fan sees his work is being used by DKNY is Asia. But instead of getting mad, Stanton gets... nice. He asks DKNY to make a donation of $100,000 to a YMCA in Brooklyn (holla!). They obliged with a small fraction of what he asked.

Anyway, Stanton turned to Tumblr and his audience to raise the difference. And they did!

So here's the story as per the man himself. He asked us bloggers to reblog it all, so I am.

And I'm sharing this not just because it's an inspiring story, but because we, as artists, shouldn't be afraid to know what we are worth and to ask for it. Negotiation may be involved but, ultimately, we can't low-ball our selves and our work. 

Thank YOU, Brandon. And thanks to everyone who helped send 300 kids to summer camp!


PS - Here's the story from the daily paper, Metro:

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