“Humans of New York” claimed the No.1 spot on the New York Times Non Fiction Bestseller’s List yesterday and rightly so.
Photographed by Brandon Stanton,who studied at the University of Georgia and traded stocks in Chicago before abandoning it all for New York, the 400 color photographs book features portraits, wisdom and observations on life offered by New Yorkers photographed around the five boroughs.
Since 2010 Stanton has photographed over 5000 people, published over 50 stories, gained 1,000,000 followers on Facebook and Tumblr and spawned dozens of copycat blogs and websites.
If you’ve visited Stanton’s blog, you’ve seen some of these photographs and read these stories before. The book, however, is updated with new images and interviews, and mimics the anthropology published on the blog.
There are so many cool things about this book you’ll love: the style of the subjects, the poignancy of their tales of love, transformation, adventure, suffering, regret and joie de vie. But, more importantly, you’ll love the juxtaposition of gender and ages, the intimacy revealed as well as the ‘pro-individual’ message eschewed in this colorful and masterfully designed tome in a time of conformity in this city.
Its not very often we see older folks in “cool media” in our youth obsessed culture; seeing them represented in HONY is refreshing.
Humans of New York is published by St.Martins Press and is available everywhere for $31.00. Trust us, it is worthy of your dollars.
Favorite images below.