Humans of New York

Humans of New York

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by Brandon Stanton
     
 

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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

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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 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, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466847545
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
60,923
File size:
73 MB
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Meet the Author

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.


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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Humans of New York 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing book filled with the wonders that is the very heart of New York City.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
mamasap29 More than 1 year ago
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.
SweetJaneNY More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always been in love with NYC and this book does a great job at portraiting the city and all its incredible people!!!!
efg326 More than 1 year ago
a. I read part of this book every day and they challenge my views of life. Many different types of people are featured in this book, and they have showed me new ways to view the world. I experience the fear and isolation a refugee feels coming to America, the anger from the death of a father, the fascination of a child with bridges, the admiration and love a parent holds for their child, the remorse of a convict, the PTSD of a military veteran, and the dreams of an aspiring librarian. Humans of New York showcases stories that enable me to see the lives of those who have endured hardships far greater than those I will ever encounter; I have had a wonderful childhood with parents who love me and I have never had a want left unsatisfied. These small glimpses into others’ lives have taught me to be grateful and more appreciative of the life I have been given. This page has the ability to allow me to empathize with the people sharing their stories; I am able to feel their sadness, their happiness, and their anger because Humans of New York creates human connections through their posts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased this book for my daughter who follows Humans of New York on Facebook. She loves it so much that another books comes out in the future, she wants them all! The photos and stories (statements) of each those featured are wonderful and often bring a smile to my face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the FB page and the book is just as terrific
JaneSQ More than 1 year ago
After seeing this author's Facebook page and reading the little stories, I decided to get the book for myself. When I saw that one of my friends liked the page as well, I decided to buy them a copy as well. So far of what I've read has been exactly what I thought: perfect. The photos and the stories, whether sad or happy, is what makes it a perfect combination. My friend opened up the present and she was mad speechless. She actually had wanted this book for quite a while and she said I wouldn't be able to top next Christmas! So I guess I did good!!!
Nik43 More than 1 year ago
Love the book, & love the Facebook page where I learned about the book.  He's a student of human nature with the ability to summarize it using great photos and brief but often profound commentary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well done
glorioustax More than 1 year ago
Great books not only for Humans of New York fans but for all the people who love the stories of life, love, success, failure, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so interesting! I love that it shows how open and eager New Yorkers are to share their stories with someone they just met. The photographs are high quality, the stories and quotes are intriguing, and they sometimes bring a smile to my face or make me laugh. In this book we see and read about the lives of immigrants, parents, entertainers, students, kids, etc. I keep looking back at the pictures and they never get old. To me, it shows the beauty and sense of community in New York City that not everyone knows about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brandon Stanton stumbled upon a brilliant art. The stories and pictures are beautiful. Everyone should have a copy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
embeck7 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Hope another happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Cathmce More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable book. The pictures were beautiful and told wonderful stories about the folks of New York.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
findorion More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!