Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

81%

17 Critic Reviews

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.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.

 

About Brandon Stanton

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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 in Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and the BBC.  David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, called Humans of New York his favorite Tumblr blog.  Stanton lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published October 15, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Travel, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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All: 17 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 28 2015

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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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 07 2015

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.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by JULIE BOSMAN on Nov 06 2013

It is that intimacy, combined with photos that are plain and straightforward rather than high concept, that has made Mr. Stanton’s fan base so fervent.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 15 2013

There’s the Yugoslavian janitor who studied for 12 years to earn his classics degree...There’s no judgment, just observation and in many cases reverence, making for an inspiring reading and visual experience.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Rhonda Goldberg Sturtz on Nov 07 2015

One must salute Mr. Stanton for his undying desire to look beyond the crowd and highlight the idiosyncratic. Humans of New York: Stories is an evocative experience that you will want to share, as its message is simply too powerful to keep to oneself.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Rhonda Sturtz on Oct 13 2013

all who pick up this book will be taken by Brandon Stanton’s captivating photographs of NYC’s urban humanity.

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Spirituality & Practice

Good
Reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat on Mar 11 2016

His empathy and yearning to walk in the shoes of the young and old New Yorkers he encounters is something that we can both affirm and celebrate.

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Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by Kate Lawson on Jan 27 2014

This book is the result of Stanton's ambition to single-handedly create a photographic census of one of the world's most iconic urban jungles, and the result is a beautifully shot glimpse into the lives of everyone he encountered on his way. In short, it shows us what it means to be human.

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Spectrum Culture

Below average
Reviewed by Pat Padua on Jan 12 2014

As rich and varied as its subject is, it doesn’t capture the stories of the great metropolis like the blog does. And you can read the blog for free.

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Business Day Live

Good
Reviewed by KARIN SCHIMKE on Jan 15 2016

Hony Stories is a production of high values, which reflects coffee-table book standards in a tome that is a bit more transportable. Although it is thick and heavy (thanks to the hard cover and the quality paper), it is not so unwieldy that it cannot be read in bed or on a park bench. It is a book of value.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Oct 18 2015

Stanton is carrying on an old tradition, giving people the chance to share their voices, to tell us about their lives. Humans of New York: Stories is a beautiful addition to one of man's oldest traditions.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Dec 08 2013

If you need a change of pace during this busy time of year, pick up Humans of New York. It just might make you take a second look at all of those people around you. It's definitely Brandon Stanton's gift to people watchers.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
on Nov 18 2013

Not all blogs make for good books, and not all coffee table books have something of substance to say along with all the pretty pictures, but in both cases, Humans of New York is the exception to the rule.

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Take Me Away

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on Oct 15 2013

This book is the perfect coffee table book! It definitely would be the perfect gift for those who love NYC and/or people in general - for those who have an appreciation for the unique qualities in every person and in every photograph.

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http://www.theepochtimes.com

Good
Reviewed by Chelsea Scarnegie on Feb 02 2016

Take your time to linger on each person’s story if you can. Brandon Stanton provided his audience with a rare opportunity to peek into the life of the stranger sitting beside you on the bus. Take advantage of this gift.

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Rick Librarian

Good
Reviewed by ricklibrarian on Sep 12 2014

I like that many of the best photos from his archives have been collected in the Humans of New York book. I hope it lasts in libraries for a long time.

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The Cascade

Above average
Reviewed by Michael Scoular on Nov 06 2013

While it may fall short, that Humans of New York can be compared with the dancing optimism of Girl Walk // All Day or the eavesdropping angels of Wings of Desire is a tribute to the commitment and artistry Stanton has brought together.

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