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Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton Review

Title: Humans of New York

Author: Brandon Stanton

First published October 15, 2013

304 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9781250038821 (ISBN10: 1250038820)

Rating: 4.49


A poignant, humorous, and uplifting compilation of photographs that encapsulate the heart and soul of a bustling metropolis. In 2010, Brandon Stanton embarked on a monumental mission: to create a photographic record of New York City entirely on his own.

He took to the streets with his camera, traversing thousands of miles by foot, all in the hopes of capturing the essence of the city and its inhabitants. The result of his tireless efforts was a captivating blog named “Humans of New York,” where his stunning photographs were accompanied by quotes and anecdotes.

This book is a tribute to that viral sensation, featuring 400 striking color photos, including never-before-seen portraits and fresh stories. It is a breathtaking collection that spotlights the unique personalities that make New York so special.

With its unexpected twists and heartwarming moments, this book is both an ode to individuality and a love letter to the indomitable spirit of the city.

About the Author

After completing his studies in History at the University of Georgia, Brandon Stanton landed a job in Chicago trading bonds. However, after three years, he found himself out of work and decided to move to New York.

It was there that he embarked on a new venture – a photography blog called Humans of New York. Since its inception in November 2010, HONY has become an online sensation, with almost one million followers.

In fact, it is currently the fastest-growing Arts and Humanities page on Facebook.

Editoral Review

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton is a compilation of photographs and interviews from the streets of New York City, showcasing the diverse and complex humanity that inhabits the city. Stanton, a former bond trader, began photographing and interviewing strangers in New York City in 2010, and has since expanded his project to include people from around the world.

The book falls under the genre of non-fiction photography and provides a unique insight into the lives of New Yorkers. The photographs included are candid, honest and capture the essence of each subject.

The accompanying stories are equally powerful and emotional, providing deeper context to each image. The book is split into five chapters, each with its own theme.

The first chapter, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” shows people from all walks of life searching for happiness in their own way. From a homeless man to a millionaire, the chapter shows how happiness is a universal desire.

The subsequent chapters explore themes such as “Shared Spaces,” “Little Italy,” “Work and Play,” and “Innocence and Experience.”

What makes Humans of New York unique is its ability to break down barriers and connect people through universal emotions and experiences. The book provides an intimate and authentic portrayal of the people of New York, showcasing their struggles, triumphs, and everything in between.

Stanton’s ability to capture the essence of his subjects in their most vulnerable moments is commendable. His photography is stunning, and the accompanying stories are well crafted and touching, making the book a compelling read.

In terms of criticism, some may find the repetitive format of the book mundane. Although each interview is unique, the repetitiveness of the format may cause readers to lose interest at times.

Overall, Humans of New York is a remarkable, heartwarming, and insightful book that offers a refreshing perspective on New York City and humanity in general. The book offers a glimpse into the lives of people who are often overlooked or ignored, and in doing so, it promotes empathy, compassion and understanding.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in photography, storytelling, human nature, or simply wants to gain a deeper understanding of the people of New York City. It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking works that inspire and enrich the soul.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.