One of my favorite things on the Internet these days is Humans of New York, a street photography project by Brandon Stanton. Through the simple pairing of portraits and interviews, HONY provides a beautiful example of the power of storytelling. It's a celebration of each person's unique experience and inherent value as a human being.
Brandon has actually taken his project to Iraq for the moment in partnership with the UN, and the resulting stories are incredible. As always, he's capturing the humor, pain, intelligence and passion of everyone he meets. I've included a few to give you a taste, but please, do yourself a favor and start following HONY on Facebook or Tumblr.