Humans of New York

Humans of New York

Stories

Book - 2015
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"In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project--to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he's had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250058904
1250058902
Characteristics: 428 pages : chiefly illustrations, color ; 24 cm

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firstlight
Jul 17, 2018

Photography and descriptive interviews combine to powerfully convey stories of individual lives. Although I have never met the subjects, I feel like I know them now.

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redtayres
Mar 24, 2018

After first consuming "Humans of New York: Stories" (and loving it) I sought to read this earlier work which I adored while still feeling just a wee bit less satisfied by than the "Stories" one. You can see that he's onto something, but that something is more fully developed (thus marginally more satisfying in "Stories" than it is here. Still, both are excellent and though-provoking reads.

And, because the comments for both of these books are appearing under both of these very different volumes, here's my comment on "Stories":

I'll add my voice to the comments on this wonderful book which I fully consumed in one sitting, staying up later than planned to do so. Each photograph plus accompanying text in just the right amounts is a story, a worthy and interesting story. I loved it.

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ryner
Dec 08, 2017

A mesmerizing collection of photographs of the many New Yorkers Brandon Stanton has interviewed for his blog, demonstrating that although not all of us have lived a life worthy of a riveting biopic, there is something interesting and compelling to be found in everyone. The photos, presented alongside quotes from each individual, reveal our shared humanity; everyone one we pass on the street has a unique story, a history, thoughts and memories, just as we do. I applaud those unafraid to express their individuality, and I admire Stanton for having the courage to approach complete strangers in pursuit of this project -- the results are simultaneously inspiring, heartbreaking and adorable.

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Daveinportland
Nov 23, 2016

I love the work this guy does. Everyone has a story. Some good, some bad, some different. Always a good website to read and the book is basically a collection of the same people and segments.

bandblair Jul 29, 2016

It takes all kinds.

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jannylegs
Jul 14, 2016

This book breaks my heart every time I open it. And I mean that in a good way, even if it hurts.

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BPL_AnaC
Apr 30, 2016

I hadn't know about his blog until I saw the book published. What an interesting project! I loved flipping through the pages and reading the stories of strangers in New York. We pass by so many people on the streets everywhere, but it never crosses our minds that each of those people have stories, struggles, victories. We are so wrapped-up in our selfishness and ego, that we don't stop to listen to others, like Stanton did.

It was such a heartwarming experience to read the stories, even the sad ones, and sympathize with those strangers. It really doesn't matter where we come from, or the color of our skin, how much money we have in our bank accounts, where we go to school and who are our friends - we're all human, we all yearn to belong and to be loved, and this shows so beautifully in Stanton's pictures and the captions he chose. I got this from my library, but it's definitely a book I'd like to have on my personal shelf.

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weirdduck88
Apr 18, 2016

A surprising page-turner. True, it's not a suspense thriller by any means, but the stories in here are so emotional, some that are absolutely heart-breaking, that it makes you want to see what the next person will share about his/her life. This is a book that will -- or at least should -- change your mind on a whole number of things.

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writermala
Apr 06, 2016

Wow! What a beautiful Book. The Photos are brilliant and the stories add to their beauty. I loved all the Pics but particularly those of kids and their microfashions:-)

There were one or two subjects which were given more attention and this might be my only beef - if I had to have one.

I borrowed this book from the library but it is a keeper and well worth investing in.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Mar 14, 2016

I love portrait photography so this is my kind of book. And what better place to capture the fun, interesting, unusual, inspiring, captivating, etc. than NYC? For a daily look at Brandon Stanton's work, I also recommend the Humans of New York Instagram account.

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QnVz
Nov 02, 2015

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she's a literary icon and Nobel laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can't devalue any type of experience."

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QnVz
Nov 02, 2015

"I'm a philosphy professor. I tell my students 'never make an exception of yourself.' People like to make exceptions of themselves. They hold other people to moral codes that they aren't willing to follow themselves. For example, people tend to think that if they tell a lie, it's because it was absolutely necessary. But if someone else tells a lie, it means they're dishonest. So never make an exception of yourself. If you're a theif, don't complain about being robbed."

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QnVz
Nov 02, 2015

"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?" "Try your best to deal with life without medicating yourself." "You mean drugs?" "I mean drugs, food, shopping, money, whatever. I ain't judging anybody, either. I was hooked on heroin for years. But now I've learned that every feeling will pass if you give it time. So don't rush to cover them up by medicating them. You've got to deal with them."

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readinJC
Jan 08, 2016

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