Hey everyone! On my last visit to Barnes & Nobel I found a photography book that caught my attention: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton. I grabbed a sample and started browsing it. I immediately felt addicted to the pictures and their captions stories and knew I had to get one to keep reading it (or looking at it.) The photographs are portraits of people of New York City. Most of them have a caption story attached, which is what makes it interesting. Some stories are funny, some pictures are just spectacular, some other stories feel like movies and some were like a punch in the stomach.
When I got home, I searched online and found that he is actually a big phenomenon on the Internet, with tons of followers who constantly check his blog. It turns out that this book is only a collection of his best pictures so far, but the blog has been going on for a while and has become very successful! If you haven’t checked it out yet, I really encourage you to visit: humansofnewyork.com. I thought I would go through a couple pictures the first time I saw it, and ended up spending a couple hours!
So, who is Brandon Stanton? The book starts with a brief story of how this project started. In a nutshell, Brandon Stanton was a bond trader who lost his job and got a camera. He had been working hard to get money for other people, and at the end, money is the only result of that work. Now he wanted to do something that will leave something of value after working hard. He learned how to take pictures, and took tons of them until he realized portraits were his thing. He first planned on making a census of New York City, where you would have a map and would be able to click in different areas to see people from each neighborhood.
His success came when he started adding stories to the pictures. Humans of New York was now viral, and got a lot of followers through his Facebook page: facebook.com/humansofnewyork.
I think what’s unique about this collection of pictures is the way it captivates your emotions. You’re looking at a picture with your eyes, but behind your eyes there’s a life story playing like a movie. Some of the people that he photographed have amazing things to say that leave me thinking for hours.
Here you can meet the man behind the portraits:
I hope you take a few minutes to check out his work and enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks for reading and see you soon!