Review: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Title: Humans of New York
Author/Photographer: Brandon Stanton
Pages: 300
Genre: Photography
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Macmillan)
Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

One day I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and saw a photo that another Facebook friend "liked". I don't remember the photo, but I remember it intrigued me, as did the title of the page it was posted from, "Humans of New York".   Turns out I had inadvertently stumbled upon a wonderful photo blog by Brandon Stanton who takes pictures of various people all over New York City every day; he posts each picture along with a snippet from their conversation or an insightful or funny comment.

Now he's compiled 400 photos (75 brand new) into a gorgeous hardcover book (with a frosted transparent dust jacket)! I had the opportunity to review a copy and am in love with it as expected! His pictures are beautiful just on their own. But better than that, even is what he captures in little bits of conversation, turning each picture into a complete story and a look into another person's life. Sometimes they're funny, or sentimental, or just plain adorable. And on top of that you get fun glimpses of New York City in each picture. (Yay!) He also manages to include such a variety of people and cultures in his pictures that his book sort of chronicles the diversity and humanity of the city.

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.The book turned out beautifully!

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This book now has a coveted spot on my: