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I follow this account on Instagram and love it. The thing I love most though, is that there's the person's story underneath the photo. The problem with this book is that it's just photos. Only some of them have a few words written underneath and it was a little disappointing in that respect. I know there's another one coming out called Humans of New York Stories and that may be more what I'm looking for. If, like me, the stories are what makes it for you then I'd avoid this one.
I have however got the Humans Of New York stories which I absolutely love and delve into every now and again just because so I think I will enjoy this first book when I get to open it on Christmas night.
Lovely collection of vibrant photographs. It's enjoyable to dip in and out of the book to see the images in random order. I just wish that each photograph had come with it's own unique story, only some of the images have stories and others just a quick "Seen in..." comment which is a shame as I bought it for the enriching stories of the people in the photos. 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.
I love street photography and this is just that but at it's best. It's also one of the most inspiring books I have seen for a very long time. Brandon breaks every rule in the book when it comes to taking the photos (no thought to depth of field and certainly none whatsoever to the rules of thirds) but it really doesn't matter. This is more than just a book of photographs. Each one has it's own story and it's that, that makes it brilliant. I've followed 'Humans Of New York' on Facebook for ages and now that I have this book, it's like a 'Best Of'. At the end of the day, buy it.... You'll love it!
What a lovely book. I'm originally from New York and am now terribly homesick after paging through it. There's such an exuberance not only to the city's denizens but to the way the photographer presents them. He seems to really like people, which is a nice thing in a photographer (and not necessarily required for the job - cf Helmut Newton, for a random example).
Ordered this for my an 18th bday gift abs it’s in bad condition. The front cover has 2 rips and the back has food stains. It’s clearly used not new as described. Very disappointing as not sure o want to give this as a keep sake to my niece who was planning on going to NY but can’t due to circumstances.
Having followed Niall McDiarmid's amazing Crossing Paths project (search it out and buy his book today!) I was apprehensive about this one but shouldn't have been, it's wonderful. Each photo tells a story before you've read the snippet of text that goes with each. Happy to sad, funny to serious, life is all here.
I smiled all the way through and read it in one sitting. Majestic stuff.