Humans of New York - Stories

Humans of New York - Stories

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by Brandon Stanton

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Now a #1 New York Times Bestseller! In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count


Now a #1 New York Times Bestseller! In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over fifteen million. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks. Now, Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for: Humans of New York: Stories. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he's had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor. Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he's photographed astonish you all over again this October.

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Publishers Weekly
The latest from Stanton (Humans of New York), creator of the “Humans of New York” blog, which currently has over 14 million followers, is another rich collection of photographs of people from the streets of New York City and their stories. The strength of his work is the range of perspectives and experiences he captures. His subjects vary in age, nationality, religion, and other demographics, and their individual stories reflect on different facets of the human experience, from struggles to heartbreak to inspiration. Some of his subjects tell him about past experiences steeped in nostalgia, while others consider their present and future predicaments. A powerful four-page spread shares the story of a student from Mott Hall Bridges Academy who named the principal of his school as the biggest influence in his life, inspiring Stanton to visit the school, photograph the principal, and hear her story. Another photo shows the same student and principal with President Obama in the Oval Office, followed by a portrait of the president and the story of his own greatest influence. New readers and seasoned fans can’t help but become engrossed with the stories Stanton tells. Color photos. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

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

“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 on Humans of New York

Library Journal
Stanton, street photographer and creator of the blog, again takes to the streets of Gotham in this follow-up to his best-selling 2013 book of the same name. This time, the author allows each subject to be examined in a raw state, putting the focus on their inspiring quotes and commandeering the heart of the reader. In this way, Stanton more than succeeds in bringing street life to light, establishing a message that no matter what borough, social, or economic background, and despite age differences, we all have a story—and his subjects are ready to tell theirs. What started in 2010 as a zealous project for the former day trader has resulted in more than 400 pages of sheer inspiration. This is a well-crafted work; each image and story is strategically placed. VERDICT For inspiration seekers and anyone with a pulse. [See Prepub Alert, 5/6/15.]—Tamikka Malloy, Camden Cty. Coll. Lib., Blackwood, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2015-07-28
Photographer and author Stanton returns with a companion volume to Humans of New York (2013), this one with similarly affecting photographs of New Yorkers but also with some tales from his subjects' mouths. Readers of the first volume—and followers of the related site on Facebook and elsewhere—will feel immediately at home. The author has continued to photograph the human zoo: folks out in the streets and in the parks, in moods ranging from parade-happy to deep despair. He includes one running feature—"Today in Microfashion," which shows images of little children dressed up in various arresting ways. He also provides some juxtapositions, images and/or stories that are related somehow. These range from surprising to forced to barely tolerable. One shows a man with a cat on his head and a woman with a large flowered headpiece, another a construction worker proud of his body and, on the facing page, a man in a wheelchair. The emotions course along the entire continuum of human passion: love, broken love, elation, depression, playfulness, argumentativeness, madness, arrogance, humility, pride, frustration, and confusion. We see varieties of the human costume, as well, from formalwear to homeless-wear. A few celebrities appear, President Barack Obama among them. The "stories" range from single-sentence comments and quips and complaints to more lengthy tales (none longer than a couple of pages). People talk about abusive parents, exes, struggles to succeed, addiction and recovery, dramatic failures, and lifelong happiness. Some deliver minirants (a neuroscientist is especially curmudgeonly), and the children often provide the most (often unintended) humor. One little boy with a fishing pole talks about a monster fish. Toward the end, the images seem to lead us toward hope. But then…a final photograph turns the light out once again. A wondrous mix of races, ages, genders, and social classes, and on virtually every page is a surprise.

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St. Martin's Press
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Meet the Author

BRANDON STANTON is the creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling book Humans of New York as well as the children's book, Little Humans. He was a 2013 Time Magazine "30 people under 30 changing the world," an ABC News Person of the Week, told stories from around the world in collaboration with the United Nations, and was invited to photograph President Obama in the Oval Office. His photography and storytelling blog, also called Humans of New York is followed by over fifteen million people on several social media platforms. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and lives in New York City.

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Humans of New York - Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring. Humbling. Moving. Everyone should read this book. It will remind you of your humanity.
Anonymous 9 months ago
No other words. Just love.
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This new book by Brandon Stanton, a follow-up to his 2013 “Humans of New York,” is perfect for this time of the year. It’s title says it all: It is comprised of stories, some very short, many less so, which accompany photos of those whose words they are, displaying their very human-ness (if there is such a word - - and if there isn’t, there should be!). Or, if one prefers, their humanity. Perfectly captured. The second book is even better than the first, in that it adds people’s quotes along with their pictures, wonderful in themselves. Mr. Stanton has a knack of asking just the right questions which will evoke answers that get into the soul of the responder, who will have to quickly search his or her own soul for the deepest feelings hiding there. The results are what has made his blog, “HONY,” one that is followed by a staggering 15,000,000 people. The photos are taken at venues which are frequently immediately identifiable, some of which explicitly so, e.g., Coney Island, Lincoln Center, and a Crown Height synagogue, and the story-tellers anonymous, with one glaring exception: one Barack Obama. They run the gamut from a man whose best friend had committed suicide; a woman past middle age, self-described as an “international cougar;” a construction worker at what appears to be a busy Manhattan intersection, whose best quality he describes as “my body;” and nearly every other imaginable New Yorker, which itself is limitless. Highly recommended.
KellysMomJoy More than 1 year ago
I brought this book for my son, who is a budding photographer. But, as I turned the pages, I found myself loving this book myself. In the end, I bought one for him and one for myself. I love it. I love the short stories about the pictures as well. It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but with these short stories, it allows the pictures to speak volumes. I love it. I highly recommend it. If you love short meaningful stories, I'd also recommend that you read a little book I found. It's called When God Stopped Keeping Score. The story of the women and the hams, the father, the son and the bible and even the story of the men and the window makes When God Stopped Keeping Score worth every penny. Hope that helps.
Ruby_Red_Occasions More than 1 year ago
Great book! I'm still flipping through, reading stories little by little every day. It's a perfect coffee table book; nice photos and very inspiring stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago