Humans of New York

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Based on the blog with more than four million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a city

Now an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to 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 ...

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Overview

Based on the blog with more than four million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a city

Now an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to 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. 

The blog has steadily grown, now boasting millions of devoted followers.  Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog.  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, printed in a beautiful full-color, hardbound edition, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city.

 

With 400 full-color photos and a distinctive vellum jacket

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Editorial Reviews

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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.

Publishers Weekly
Six months after Stanton got his first camera in 2010, he lost his job as a bond trader. Before that, he’d been spending his weekends photographing everything he could find in Chicago, returning home with more than 1,000 images each day. After a weekend trip to New York City floored him with the city’s wide variety of inhabitants, Stanton packed his bags and returned to launch “Humans of New York,” a photo blog that soon morphed into a Facebook page that garnered over 500,000 fans in a little over a year. Here, he presents his most striking images accompanied by commentary from his subjects. Many photo essays of this type have a singular topic in mind, such as highlighting urban blight or homelessness. Stanton doesn’t shy away from those topics, but he doesn’t dwell either, preferring to offer a more optimistic view of his fellow New Yorkers. There’s the Yugoslavian janitor who studied for 12 years to earn his classics degree; Banana George, the world’s oldest barefoot water-skier who’s now in a wheelchair; Muslims in prayer; and shots of adorable kids, crazy fashionistas, and young lovers, all paired with a comment from Stanton or from the subjects themselves. There’s no judgment, just observation and in many cases reverence, making for an inspiring reading and visual experience. Photos. Agent: Brian DeFiore, DeFiore and Co. (Oct.)
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"An instant publishing phenomenon." —The New York Times

"Visually arresting and disarmingly deep... The photographs in this volume, some of which have never been published before, capture the city’s inhabitants with a commendable eye for demographic diversity and everyday street fashion. But it’s Stanton’s interviews with his subjects, usually excerpted from their rawest moments, that are the most captivating as they highlight both the hardship and the little victories of an often-unforgiving city." —The Atlantic

"[A] lovely collection of photos and essays... The images are gorgeous, and the effect is like walking through a version of our city where startlingly honest thought bubbles appear over everyone’s heads." —New York Magazine

“There’s no judgment, just observation and in many cases reverence, making for an inspiring reading and visual experience.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Some street photographers hide behind phone booths like paparazzi so their subject won’t be aware of their presence, but for Stanton it’s precisely that awkward interaction, the tearing down of the wall between strangers, that he covets.” —The Huffington Post

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"Visually arresting and disarmingly deep... The photographs in this volume, some of which have never been published before, capture the city’s inhabitants with a commendable eye for demographic diversity and everyday street fashion. But it’s Stanton’s interviews with his subjects, usually excerpted from their rawest moments, that are the most captivating as they highlight both the hardship and the little victories of an often-unforgiving city." —The Atlantic

“There’s no judgment, just observation and in many cases reverence, making for an inspiring reading and visual experience.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Some street photographers hide behind phone booths like paparazzi so their subject won’t be aware of their presence, but for Stanton it’s precisely that awkward interaction, the tearing down of the wall between strangers, that he covets.” —The Huffington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250038821
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 186
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandon Stanton

BRANDON STANTON studied at the University of Georgia and worked as a bond trader in Chicago before founding Humans of New York in the summer of 2010.  He has appeared on The Today Show and the BBC, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, and his photos have appeared at Vogue.com and TheAtlantic.com.  David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, called Humans of New York his favorite Tumblr blog.  Stanton lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    An amazing book filled with the wonders that is the very heart o

    An amazing book filled with the wonders that is the very heart of New York City.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    The True Soul And Spirit Of New York

    I loved this book so very much. I could not put it down!
    At a glance with every picture you can see the true heart of New York City through the eyes of people from all walks of life. The photographs jump off the page.
    Absolutely EXCELLENT book. VERY HIGHLY recommended!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Absolutely stunning!

    I have been following HONY on facebook for awhile now so I was very excited when the book came out. I purchased it before the holidays intending to enjoy it when that hectic time of year was passed. I ended up giving the first copy I purchased as a gift when I realized I had not gotten anything for my brother-in-law. I knew he would love it, and he did! It took a little while longer for me to get my own copy, but it was worth the wait. The pictures are absolutely stunning! A real kaleidoscope of NY. I have been rationing myself to just a few pages a day because this is one book I want to savor. A really remarkable book, a really remarkable photographer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

    Let Your Eyes Feast on Humans of New York!

    You know how some music can elicit a strong emotional response? Here is a catalog of striking visual images that can do the same. I bought the book after walking past it in the bookstore and being caught by the title. I picked it up and opened it at random. The image I saw was of a lovely woman of a certain age, colorfully dressed with lavender pants, a green and pink/lavender top, a multi-hued bag slung across her body and vibrantly colored necklace and earrings. The words alongside said, "I've been a widow for five years now, and I guess I'm worried that men look at how I dress and just don't "get it". My late husband "got it", of course. I'd love to meet someone, but I'm not going to change anything about myself to do it." I flipped through a few other pages, and thought, gee, what a nice book. But I walked away because I was out shopping for Christmas gifts and not for me. That night, I kept thinking about that self-assured and lovely woman in the photo. How the photo perfectly captured the essence of who she is. A few other images stayed in my mind, too. And then I was thinking about the last time I was in NYC, and people-watching on the street and how that was my favorite part of being there. So...the next day I went online and found the book again and bought it. I love revisiting the "Humans of New York", and getting that little taste once again of what makes humans (and New York) so fascinating. The book is "music" for your eyes. Enjoy the symphony! My only criticism is I wish there were page numbers so I could tell you where the colorful woman's photo is, in the book! It's near the beginning, about 20 pages or so in. If you love portrait and unplanned imagery photos, or if you just love human beings, this is the book you want.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    This book is spectacular.  From the other comments, you can tell

    This book is spectacular.  From the other comments, you can tell who also follow his tumblr or facebook page and who doesn't, because those that have only seen the book, don't quite get it.  It's not showing pretty colors and pretty smiles as someone put it.  He shows real human interest stories, that touch your heart, that yes sometimes make you smile and sometimes make you weep.  Every person has a story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    NYC is not all pretty colors and smiles like this book portrays.

    NYC is not all pretty colors and smiles like this book portrays. Great propaganda to promote tourism and the "glamour" of NYC. The boroughs are a little rougher than this books shows. Very disappointing.  

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    My copy came today. Beautiful book, photos and text done with s

    My copy came today. Beautiful book, photos and text done with sensitivity and intelligence. I've never been to NYC and this has given me a wonderful glimpse of its diverse people I highly recommend to all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    ...can't wait for "Humans of New York Too"...!!

    ...can't wait for "Humans of New York Too"...!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    I've been a fan of the blog for a long time and can't wait to ge

    I've been a fan of the blog for a long time and can't wait to get my hands on this book. Its always been a dream of mine to move to NYC and the people in this book make that dream grow even stronger.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    Brandon Stanton stumbled upon a brilliant art. The stories and pictures are beautiful. Everyone should have a copy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    DON'T MISS THIS BOOK!

    EXCELLENT BOOK! The photography is wonderfully entertaining. It brings tears
    and laughter, showing all sides of humanity in our modern culture. I highly recommend
    it. It will certainly make your day.

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Outstanding photos that convey the heart and soul of NYC.  Each

    Outstanding photos that convey the heart and soul of NYC.  Each turn of the page, makes you wonder what is coming up next.  I have not seen this blog, but looked forward with  anticipation for the arrival of this book.  A pleasure for the eyes and heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Laugh, love and learn

    I really enjoyed this book. Hope another happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    A great coffee table book you will read every sit down!

    If you are looking for a human mosaic of the most celebrated, recognized, trashed, admired, and greatest city in the world, this is a book worth embarking upon. Truly entertaining and educational and all done with photos. The beauty of this book is that each and every reader can create their own story based upon the feelings evoked by each photograph. In fact, every time you pick it up, I believe you will create a different story for yourself. It is pure delight.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Enjoyable book for people watchers

    This was a very enjoyable book. The pictures were beautiful and told wonderful stories about the folks of New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Absolutely fantastic book! Every page is so interesting; I just

    Absolutely fantastic book! Every page is so interesting; I just love the pictures and the interviews. This book shows how unique every last person is, just like a snowflake. I cried, I laughed, I smiled at these stories. 

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    Great coffee table book that will make you smile

    Ever wonder what makes New York such a great city? Well, I'll tell you. It's the people. And this book, as well as his website and fb page of the same name, helps to humanize them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Great for New Yorkers.

    I bought the book as a gift for my son who resides in New York City. He likes ther idea of looking at all types of lifestyles around him.

    It was a hit and thanked me for such a unique gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Great book

    This is a great book with beautiful pictures. I gave it to my friend who used to live in NYC and she loved it. But be careful, it will make you want to take a trip to NYC!

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    Wonderful!

    Beautiful pictures and stories.

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