In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly 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.
Humans of New York is the book inspired by the Internet sensation. 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. (summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
"Humans of New York" is a fascinating insight to the 'average' human's extraordinary life and story to tell. The blog and book are successful because Brandon is able to encourage individuals to respond to questions that give the reader a peek to important moments in their lives. Without his commentary, the photos would be interesting, but less moving.
I received this book after a work trip. Despite the late hour, I sat down and read the book cover to cover in one sitting - still in my work heels. I highly recommend the book, checking out the blog or following the Facebook page. This definitely gets 5 stars from me.
To see the blog, go to: http://www.humansofnewyork.com
Rating: 5 stars!
Who Should Read It? Everyone should at least take a look at the blog, it is fascinating!