Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NonFiction Tuesday- Humans of New York Stories

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. In the first three years, his audience steadily grew from a few hundred to over one million. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List. It has appeared on that list for over twenty-five weeks to date. The appeal of HONY has been so great that in the course of the next year Brandon's following increased tenfold to, now, over 12 million followers on Facebook. In the summer of 2014, the UN chose him to travel around the world on a goodwill mission that had followers meeting people from Iraq to the Ukraine to Mexico City via the photos he took.
Now, Brandon is back with the follow up to Humans of New York that his loyal followers have been waiting for: Humans of New York: Stories. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of NY, 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 humans, complete with stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor. Let Brandon Stanton and the people he's photographed astonish you next fall.
This book takes my breath away every time I reread it.
Spectacular. Fantastic. Incredible. Touching. Powerful.
These are just a few words that describes this wonderful book. The writing style in this book can’t be described as I usually do. That’s due to the fact that these words isn’t Brandon Stanton’s, it’s people from all over New York’s. That’s also why I adore this book so much, you get all these different voices - you hear their way fo telling a story. Not one of these pages are identical in writing style, they are all new, promising and true.
The photograph itself might not be the best I have ever seen. But it has something true, raw and realistic to it. Because it was shot on the street, there wasn’t all these fancy lightings, make up artists or designers.
That’s why I find this so inspiring, because it feels real - and when the person in the photograph tells their story, something happens inside you. I find it incredible motivating ans inspiring, because that person have survived so much, so I can do the same. -Tea and Lots of Books

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