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Humans of New York (Humans of New York, 1)

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Of his travels beyond New York, to capture photos in Iran, Stanton says, “Iran was one of the great experiences of my life. One of the great joys, after all, of looking at a portrait is the imperfectible act of reading a face. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Through the book we hear parts of conversations that are deemed deep and personal, a type of conversation that many people avoid or do not have.

Brandon Stanton initially created the book in an attempt to create “an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants,” but it has become a way to read humans based on their expressions and short quotes.of young adults read a book, compared to 71% of those ages 20 to 49, 68% of those 50 to 64, and 69% of those 65 and older.

This makes it seem as if a particular problem, like homelessness or addition, is personal, and not social. That these details—secondary, at best, to the stated purposes of “Stories”—survive, and manage to give the book a hidden, beautiful core, is a sign of Stanton’s real (and clearly growing) ability as a portraitist and poser of people. The deceptive nature of photography and visual observation generate what makes Human’s Of New York extraordinary. Request Rejected This page is unavailable due to either geographic restrictions or other restrictions in place at this time.Ever since Brandon Stanton began interviewing strangers 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. Today HONY is followed by nearly one million people, and is the fastest growing Arts and Humanities page on Facebook.

Humans of New York began when photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project – to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The author has continued to photograph the human zoo: folks out in the streets and in the parks, in moods ranging from parade-happy to deep despair. This does not ruin the book at all but it was a bit of a disappointment for me - otherwise it makes for a good "coffee table" book of a different size. Although the photo selection in the book may at first seem random and unintentional, there are evident themes portrayed throughout the book. The street background is consistent across each photo in the spread, as is the focus in each quote on what the individual is proud of: the subject on the left is proud of his guitar artistry, the subject in the top right is very proud and protective of her daughter, and the subject in the bottom right is proud of their model girlfriend.In a matter of months, HONY became so popular that when Stanton accidentally updated his Facebook status with just the letter "Q", his post garnered 73 likes within a minute. Young adults were among the earliest social media adopters and continue to use sites at the highest levels, however usage by older adults has increased in recent years. The “stories” range from single-sentence comments and quips and complaints to more lengthy tales (none longer than a couple of pages). Stanton then partnered with Tumblr founder David Karp to launch an Indiegogo fundraiser for the victims of the storm. The result of these efforts was Humans of New York, a vibrant blog in which he featured his photos alongside quotes and anecdotes.

The man seemed sheepish when he answered: ‘My film just got reviewed by the New York Times,’ he said. Beneath the jacket is a fleece-lined hoodie, also black, and in his hand the boy holds a black plastic bag, stretched by the weight of what might be groceries. Our ability to relate and empathize with people through seeing them and hearing their stories is what resonates most strongly in Humans of New York. Each time you pick up a corner and flip the page, a new layout appears which creates liveliness and excitement. I also love that Stanton has tried to put these photographs into some sort of context by the very human questions he asks of his subjects (and the illuminating -- sometimes heart-wrenching -- answers he receives).The relationship youth have with the internet is a reading culture that contributed to HONY’s success. It makes you think, though: every person in this book has a unique, multifaceted life story, and these people are only a tiny fraction of the world.

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