Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Humans of New York

Title:  Humans of New York
Author:  Brandon Stanton
Rating:  5/5


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

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. 

The blog has steadily grown, now boasting more than a million 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


This is one of the best books I've "read" in a long time.  The pictures are so raw even though they're posed.  I can't describe the emotions I felt while flipping through the pictures and reading through the quotes.  I guess overall I felt longing.  Longing to make something great and artistic and follow a dream like this author did.

The most random pictures were inspiring to me because these were people going about their everyday lives.  It's hard to remember how unique the rest of the world can be when you've lived in one suburb of a small city all your life.

I recommend this to the world.  I think everyone should see these people and celebrate the lives they've chose to live.

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