cover image Humans of New York: Stories

Humans of New York: Stories

Brandon Stanton. St. Martin’s, $29.99 (432p) ISBN 978-1-250-05890-4

The latest from Stanton (Humans of New York), creator of the “Humans of New York” blog, which currently has over 14 million followers, is another rich collection of photographs of people from the streets of New York City and their stories. The strength of his work is the range of perspectives and experiences he captures. His subjects vary in age, nationality, religion, and other demographics, and their individual stories reflect on different facets of the human experience, from struggles to heartbreak to inspiration. Some of his subjects tell him about past experiences steeped in nostalgia, while others consider their present and future predicaments. A powerful four-page spread shares the story of a student from Mott Hall Bridges Academy who named the principal of his school as the biggest influence in his life, inspiring Stanton to visit the school, photograph the principal, and hear her story. Another photo shows the same student and principal with President Obama in the Oval Office, followed by a portrait of the president and the story of his own greatest influence. New readers and seasoned fans can’t help but become engrossed with the stories Stanton tells. Color photos. (Oct.)