Friday, December 18, 2015

Humans of New York

Book 65 of my 2015 Reading Challenge
read on September 24

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Summary (via Goodreads)
In the summer of 2010, 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 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. 
Humans of New York is the book inspired by the Internet sensation. 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.

My Opinion
I love the concept and the website (I follow HONY on Facebook and Instagram) but found this book a little lacking.

This was at the beginning of his project, when all he included were pictures, and I'm so glad he evolved to including the quotes and/or stories.  That is a major addition to the enjoyment for me and it also makes the subjects of the photos involved so it's more collaborative and less furtive or secretive.

No quotes for me for this book since it was all photos.

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