Michael Cirlos founded Humans of San Antonio, a photojournalism project inspired by Humans of New York, to celebrate the visual story of downtown San Antonio. He holds a degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and he is the recipient of the Awesome SA Community Award. He is the photographer for Centro San Antonio and works with the San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture and other downtown organizations. Humans of San Antonio is his first book.
About Humans of San Antonio:
Along with Humans of New York, which aims to share the stories of New Yorkers, Humans of San Antonio is part of the Global Humans Project, a network of major cities around the world dedicated to capturing a glimpse into the lives of everyday citizens. San Antonio joins the ranks of cities from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro, photographed and shown through social media to the world.
Michael Cirlos, the photojournalist behind Humans of San Antonio, started the social media project in 2012, combining photography and storytelling to celebrate the city's growing downtown community. The book Humans of San Antonio is the culmination of five years of his photographs highlighting San Antonio's vibrant culture and people.
As a community that has weathered economic imbalance and proven itself a leader in urban redevelopment and twenty-first-century innovation, San Antonio embraces change while championing the diversity, history, and individuality that make it unique. Through images and his subjects' own stories, Cirlos communicates not just vulnerability to fear, sadness, and anger but also resilience, hope, tolerance, and perseverance.