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Kathy Willens, Associated Press
This Oct. 2, 2013, photo shows photographer Brandon Stanton, creator of "Humans of New York," shooting a portrait along East 14th Street in New York.

SALT LAKE CITY — Brandon Stanton, creator of "Humans of New York," will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018.

Stanton, a prominent photographer and storyteller, will be the keynote speaker on March 1, 2018, at RootsTech, considered the largest family history and technology conference in the world.

Stanton joins Scott Hamilton, an Olympic gold medalist figure skater and cancer survivor, who is scheduled to be the keynote speaker on March 2, 2018. The conference will be held Feb. 28 to March 3 in the Salt Palace Convention Center.

After he was laid off as a bond trader in Chicago in 2010, Stanton bought a camera with the goal of creating a photographic census of 10,000 people on the streets of New York. In time his work attracted more than 20 million fans across several social media platforms. Today "Humans of New York: The Series" is a popular weekly Facebook series.

"At RootsTech 2018, Stanton will share his story, motivations, and some of the messages that his camera has captured in his quest to find the stories that drive the lives of the people of our world," RootsTech organizers said in a press release. "Stanton's work beautifully illustrates that every life has a story — an important story."

Stanton has published two New York Times best-selling books, including "Humans of New York" (2013) and "Humans of New York: Stories (2015)." He has also published a children's book and 40-page photographic book.

For more information on RootsTech 2018 or registration, visit RootsTech.org.