Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Humans of New York by Brandon Staton

New York City has a population of over eight million people. Photographer Brandon Stanton has been photographing many of these people since 2010 and now in his book, Humans of New York, he has compiled four hundred of his pictures. Since his aim is to create a photographic census, he has included a wide swath of New Yorkers: wealthy, poor and middle class; young and old; native born and immigrant; the beautiful and not so beautiful; the eccentrically dressed and the elegantly dressed; introverts and extroverts; people doing well and people who are down and out; musicians, dancers, athletes, intellectuals, models and ordinary working people. There are pictures of feet, hands, mustaches, hair and tattoos and lots of dogs. As a reader, you can choose to flip through the book randomly or examine each photograph carefully. Just be sure to find the “Sultan of Wisconsin.”