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I thought this would contain all the nice stories of the people behind the photos but there are only short quotes in this book. There's another one called stories which probably would have been what I was looking for.
After following Humans of New York on Facebook for years I was extremely excited to get this book. However, I was very disappointed as it was not at all what I was expecting. The pictures don't have any stories to go with them and most don't even have captions. If you're looking for a picture book this is ideal but not if you're hoping for the same experience as his blog.
Missed the stories from the blog. Instead this book has strange Facebook style captions.... Some captions are downright cheesy like a sexy couple dancing on the beach "this couple managed to make the rest of us feel uncoordinated and ugly" wtf?! Not HONY like I hoped for.
I've been following HONY on Facebook for about 6 months now and I love it. Everyone has a story and the author provides a great glimpse into everyday life and life experiences of a very diverse group of people. I expected the content to be like the FB page; portraits with a quote or response from people but that was only about 30% of the book. The rest of the portraits were captioned by the author or had no caption/quotation at all which seemed a little ironic because in the introduction of the book, the author explained his beginnings and that he started out by including just portraits with no captions and focused on what part of NY the pictures were taken and that brought in minimal traffic to his website....? Once he started including quotes or responses from his "subjects", that is when the website really took off and gained thousands of "likes" per week. Why would he and the publishers include mostly what wasn't working best for him and mostly ignore the content that gained him such popularity?
Overall, I would not recommend this book for current fans of HONY. If he were to put out another book and every portrait had a quote from the person being photographed, I would be interested.
The book itself is of high quality and everything was delivered within a reasonable time frame. But I was looking for a printed version of the social media posts that introduced me to the Humans of New York series. I fell in love with the stories of the people photographed, not the photography itself. I was disappointed with the product.