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Monday, March 27, 2017
Book Review: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
This book began as a blog of a photojournalism essay. The author/photographer Mr. Stanton, takes pictures of people in New York. Sometimes they're kind of staged, where he finds a cool place, like an abandoned lot, and he asks passersby if they'll stand in the space for him to take a picture. But that's it. Initially, he didn't know much of anything about the people but later he started talking to them and their brief stories, of their life, their love, what got them to this place (good and bad), are riveting. These vignettes truly are slices of life, and of New York City. Most of these people could be in any big city, and many of them could be anywhere. He may have taken them all in NYC, but it's their universality that speaks to the reader/viewer. I checked this book out of the library. This book is published by Macmillan, my employer.