Book Review – Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
April 4, 2015
A beautiful, heartfelt, funny and inspiring collection of photographs capturing the spirit of a city
In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories. The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called “Humans of New York,” in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes.
Humans of New York is the book inspired by the Internet sensation. With four hundred color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York.
Surprising and moving, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city.
I always love to see the HONY posts on Facebook. I love the variety of pictures, and I especially love the stories that accompany the pictures. I never knew the story of the man behind the posts, and now that I do, I am even more impressed by what Stanton has created. Stanton left the financial field to become a photographer, and this inspiration, along with his dedication, led to one of the most popular features out there today.
The book is more photograph-oriented than the Facebook page, which features lengthier stories about the photographs. As a person who loves background stories and learning about people, I was a little bummed that the book did not include more of this. However, I did still love the book, and I highly recommend checking it out! The pictures are stunning, the tidbits are interesting, and you will learn so much along the way. This book would make the perfect coffee table book and conversation piece in any home!
Do you follow Humans of New York in social media? What did you think of the book?