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When Brandon Stanton bought his first camera in 2010, he was a Chicago bond trader. Then, six months later, he lost his job, moved to New York, and began taking pictures and gathering stories about "humans of New York." Before he knew it, his blog and Tumblr sites had more than a million total followers and an almost uncountable number of notes. What makes this self-trained photographer so popular is his uncanny powers of portrayal coupled with his willingness to let his subjects speak for themselves; witness, "I may look like a schlub, but I've attended 6,000 art lectures at The Met, and I've got more degrees than a thermometer." With its 400 full-color photographs and annotations, this first-ever collection of quintessentially humans of New York confirms the best in who we are. Editor's recommendation.