Humans of New York

Humans of New York

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4.49 (17,516 ratings by Goodreads)

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An instant Number One New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when 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 his attempt to capture ordinary New Yorkers in the most extraordinary of moments. The result of these efforts was "Humans of New York," a vibrant blog in which he featured his photos alongside quotes and anecdotes. The blog has steadily grown, now boasting nearly a million devoted followers. Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog. With four hundred colour photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, and a distinctive vellum jacket, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that will appeal not just to those who have been drawn in by the outsized personalities of New York, but to anyone interested in the breathtaking scope of humanity it displays. Heartfelt and moving, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of a city.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 185 x 234 x 25mm | 981g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Includes 400 color photographs throughout
  • 1250038820
  • 9781250038821
  • 64,284

Review quote

"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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About 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 and 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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Rating details

17,516 ratings
4.49 out of 5 stars
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4 26% (4,556)
3 9% (1,552)
2 1% (259)
1 1% (134)

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Wonderful book. Wanted to buy a copy for my daughter for her birthday. Shame that Book Depository's price has gone up and is now far more expensive than other more
by ruth yodaikensiegel
Love it. It is filled with so many different people, so many stories, so many pictures. I might have expected some more anecdotes or quotes from the people in the pictures, but still, I think the book is really good. I love the small things about it, the pictures, the close ups, how some people seem to be transformed in front of a camer or when something they say, even though they might be saying very little, is revealing something about their inner self. It's very much about being a human, and this book shows so many different people and shows that it's okay. You can have a crazy style, a really chic one, an plain and ordinary style, and still, you're unique. I know that's something we all know, but it's really great seing it on paper in this book. You never know what's underneath someone's skin just from looking at them. They all have stories to tell. I'll definitely buy this book for some of my friends when their birthdays are coming up, it's awesome. Very more
by Irene
Brandon Stanton lost his job and started a project that succeeded beyond what anyone could have expected. He started with the intent of creating a photographic census of New York City, and now tells the stories of the city one person at a time. This book is a beautiful collection of 400 of the portraits and stories from Humans of New York. I love following the blog and enjoy the collection in the book. Read my complete review at: more
by Nada A.
Loved the website and love the book. Perfect for a small coffee table book to flick through at a leisurely pace. I am a bit book obsessed though and was a little disappointed when the corner of mine was squashed down. I guess that's the gamble you take with online more
by Chelsea Miller
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