barbaroma40, April 8, 2014 (view all comments by barbaroma40)
Just completed Brandon Stanton's book of "Humans of New York." Mr. Stanton captured the real essence and personification of humans in New York as there is no "normal." You could apply Portland's "Keep Portland (New York) Weird" to the photographs in this book. Having visited NYC many times, you will never find the same person(s), costumes or timing of each photograph.
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Catherine Pollock-Robinso, November 29, 2013 (view all comments by Catherine Pollock-Robinso)
This is a beautiful "coffee table" book from the author of a photoblog set in NYC. Stanton left Chicago after losing his job and never looked back. He does much more than take photographs...he really TALKS to his subjects. Common questions? "What would you say to a large group of people?" "What are you afraid of?" This book is charming and thought-provoking all at once. If you love NYC or know someone who loves NYC or have ever wondered what the "real" folks of NYC are like, this is a wonderful book/gift.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Six months after Stanton got his first camera in 2010, he lost his job as a bond trader. Before that, he'd been spending his weekends photographing everything he could find in Chicago, returning home with more than 1,000 images each day. After a weekend trip to New York City floored him with the city's wide variety of inhabitants, Stanton packed his bags and returned to launch 'Humans of New York,' a photo blog that soon morphed into a Facebook page that garnered over 500,000 fans in a little over a year. Here, he presents his most striking images accompanied by commentary from his subjects. Many photo essays of this type have a singular topic in mind, such as highlighting urban blight or homelessness. Stanton doesn't shy away from those topics, but he doesn't dwell either, preferring to offer a more optimistic view of his fellow New Yorkers. There's the Yugoslavian janitor who studied for 12 years to earn his classics degree; Banana George, the world's oldest barefoot water-skier who's now in a wheelchair; Muslims in prayer; and shots of adorable kids, crazy fashionistas, and young lovers, all paired with a comment from Stanton or from the subjects themselves. There's no judgment, just observation and in many cases reverence, making for an inspiring reading and visual experience. Photos. Agent: Brian DeFiore, DeFiore and Co." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by The Huffington Post,
“Some street photographers hide behind phone booths like paparazzi so their subject wont be aware of their presence, but for Stanton its precisely that awkward interaction, the tearing down of the wall between strangers, that he covets.”
by The New York Times,
"An instant publishing phenomenon."
by The Atlantic,
"Visually arresting and disarmingly deep....The photographs in this volume, some of which have never been published before, capture the city's inhabitants with a commendable eye for demographic diversity and everyday street fashion. But it's Stanton's interviews with his subjects, usually excerpted from their rawest moments, that are the most captivating as they highlight both the hardship and the little victories of an often-unforgiving city."
by New York Magazine,
"[A] lovely collection of photos and essays....The images are gorgeous, and the effect is like walking through a version of our city where startlingly honest thought bubbles appear over everyone's heads."
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