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. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over twelve million. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks.
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. His work shows that New York City's humans, each special as individuals, and fascinating as a group, also represent and reflect on humans everywhere. Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he's photographed astonish you with their stories.
"The book’s format does not deviate from its online counterpart; each photo gives readers a brilliant flash of context for each quote . . . Rather refreshingly, Mr. Stanton’s muses are not celebrities or models, but the random folks (teenaged, retired, fashionable, homeless, etc.,) he stumbles across during his daily treks across the city . . . [Humans of New York: Stories] addresses very complicated and morally ambiguous topics such as addiction and mental illness. Sometimes the quotes and photos are not flattering to their subject, yet Mr. Stanton manages to present them non-judgmentally . . . Humans of New York: Stories is the perfect book for a digital age. It’s image-focused and the accompanying quotes take only a few minutes to read, and you can read it in whatever order you’d like. Yet at its heart, Humans of New York: Stories is a short story anthology more than anything else. Through each photo and quote, Brandon Stanton has captured the highs, lows, and in-betweens that comprise what it’s like to be a human in New York, which is to say, what it’s like to be a human, period."—Mia Bencivenga, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“As the quotes grew longer, and the interviews deeper, Stanton developed a signature storytelling style—one that blends the lure of urban voyeurism with an eye for the extraordinary detail in seemingly ordinary subjects. What makes these photographs compelling is their sincerity, their air of authenticity. All are taken on the spot of first contact. Some people are caught mid-sentence. Even those who pose are free of the sterile stiffness of staged portraits.”—The Economist