Review: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

“Photography felt like a treasure hunt, and even though I sucked at it, I’d occasionally stumble upon a diamond. And that was enough to keep me wanting more.”

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 18.51.46This was exactly the kind of photography book I’ve been looking out for. With four hundred color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York.

Looking at the pictures and putting together a story when there weren’t any captions was such an exhilarating experience.

However, when there were captions featured it was at times both funny, inspiring and heartwarming.

It was seriously impossible to put down, and I think I nearly took a picture of everything because I didn’t want to forget anything.


Brandon Stanton captured New Yorkers and their stories in the most heart-rending way. And it’s truly an incredibly crafted collection.

Of course, as a result it was pretty heard trying to figure out which pictures to feature, but I managed to narrow it down (out my 80+ pictures):

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Overall, this heartfelt collection took me on a journey in just over 300 pages, and I’m still in awe.

I highly recommend giving this one a go.

5/5 stars

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