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Humans of New York : Stories Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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“There's no judgment, just observation and in many cases reverence, making for an inspiring reading and visual experience.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Humans of New York
“Some street photographers hide behind phone booths like paparazzi so their subject won't be aware of their presence, but for Stanton it's precisely that awkward interaction, the tearing down of the wall between strangers, that he covets.” ―The Huffington Post on Humans of New York
About the Author
From the Publisher
"On the outside I'm a peaceful and diplomatic person, but on the inside I have a lot of rage. It's hard to walk around and not have a lot of issues. There's too many morons in this world. People are just living in alternate realities. Yesterday there was a crazy homeless man on the subway. I mean really crazy - he's grunting and waving his arms around. And some twenty-one-year-old white girl walks up to him and tries to explain how positive thinking can turn his life around. 'You don't have to be homeless,' she said. 'You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.' She really had no idea that positive thinking was not going to get the schizophrenic man off the subway."
"This morning I took a bunch of water and soap and put it in plastic bags and shook it up because I wanted to make a store that sold soap. Then I put some toilet paper and water and soap and cake inside a container because I wanted to make an experiment. But Mom said that was not the right way to make soap and if we wanted to make some soap we had to find a recipe online so I made an apology note with invisible ink and it had a flower with a smiley face and zigzag hair and heart hands and it was holding a balloon and I drew the sky and I wrote, 'I love you, Mom.'"
"My parents had me young, so my grandmother raised me. She was already retired when I was born, and started working again just so she could provide for me. Her favorite thing to say is: 'I've got your back.' Whenever something really good happens, or something really bad happens, she will send me a card that says: 'I've got your back.' We live together, but she actually mails the cards to me."
Top Customer Reviews
If you are deciding on whether or not to buy the book, consider the following, which Brandon posted on the HONY facebook page: "I want to take a quick opportunity to remind everyone that HONY is advertisement free and almost entirely financed by book sales. (The only exception being income from a handful of speeches I give every year.) Proceeds from books have been used to pay for trips to twenty different countries over the past year alone. Even when working with large organizations like the United Nations or UNHCR, I’m always very careful to cover all costs and reimburse any expenses. I do this so that the content on HONY can remain entirely independent, self-directed, and transparent. By purchasing a book, you can help HONY continue to grow in a way that remains focused on telling people’s stories--- and nothing else. Thanks to everyone for your continued support."
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In his short and poignant stories, combined with beautiful portraits, Brandon captures moments of people's lives, and sometimes an entire life story is captured in a couple of sentences. Many make us cry, some make us laugh, but all of them invariably show us how much we have in common. These posts are read by people across our planet, in every country. And it's heartwarming to see there are people in every country who identify with these stories, as they capture emotions we all have felt some time in our lives. At the very least, we empathize, as these stories give us a window into the subjects' lives.
Like most people, I had already read most of the stories in this book on HONY Facebook page already, it's my daily source of inspiration and hope, joy and sadness, and a feeling of connection with others as we all read his stories and then the comments. Sometimes, people share their own stories in the comments that are equally evocative but more often, they are words of encouragement for the person in the portrait. Sometimes, I think the world is becoming increasingly cynical until I read these comments and then I realize all across the world we our connected by our capacity to feel love, and to empathize.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brandon manages to beautifully capture so many unique, interesting and widely varying stories. If you have read them on any form of social media you will know how intriguing the... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by grace
These pictures and short stories are so compelling. I cried at some, laughed at others, awed at the cute kids. Read morePublished 3 days ago by bergg
As I received the most amazing gift "a trip to New York this July", I was looking to buy a book about New York. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Andreea Olteanu
I purchased HONY: Stories as a gift for my grandparents (who are not on Facebook & thus miss out on Brandon's wonderful stories there). Amazing photos, amazing stories. Read morePublished 5 days ago by S.D.W.
This book was very interesting. It was neat to see the different walks of life. I love to people watch and wonder about their stories. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ericka
Loving the HUmans of New York account on Facebook made me buy this book. I am not disappointed. I keep it on my coffee table so I can grab it during the day to flip through it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Susan M. Kline
Literally love this book! Got one as a gift for my sister in law too, and it was well received.Published 6 days ago by Hania