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The Top 5 Humans of New York
Brandon Stanton's thousands of not-quite-candid street portraits of New Yorkers (and accompanying captions, usually
from the subjects themselves) have made his Humans of New York blog both poignant and extremely popular--as well as
garnering him recognition as one of Time magazine's "30 People Under 30 Changing the World." This book of the same title
collects 400 of his best portraits, telling small stories that are outsized in their humor, candor, and humanity. It was
also our number one pick for the best books of the year in Photography. ( http://www..com/b?ie=UTF8&node=7865588011 )
Here are Stanton's own top five favorite images, accompanied by his own words. Click on the images to see larger
versions, and learn more about Humans of New York. It also makes a wonderful gift for any of the humans in your life.
-- Jon Foro ( http://www..com/gp/feature.html?docId=1001046461 )
1) Ironically, some of the best quotes come from the people who have the least amount of time to talk to me. She
told me: "I can't talk, because these shadows are changing every second." Normally I'm a bit downtrodden if I'm unable
to interview a subject, but I thought her 'brush-off' was the perfect complement to the photo.
Click here for a larger image ( https://images-na.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/hopub/ems/images/title/hony/centralpark_large.jpg ) 2) I
always cite this photo as representing the most emotional interaction that I've ever had on the street. I came across
this 100 year old woman just south of Central Park. She was walking in a rainstorm with a very bright umbrella. After I
took her photo, I got under the umbrella with her, and asked her for one piece of advice. She said: "I'll tell you what
my husband told me when he was dying. I asked him: 'Mo, how am I supposed to live without you?' And he told me: 'Take
the love you have for me and spread it around.'"
Click here for a larger image ( https://images-na.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/hopub/ems/images/title/hony/midtown_3881_large.jpg ) 3) I
was walking through Chelsea one morning when I noticed someone rolling around in the middle of the street. Of course I
started running toward the scene, and when I arrived, I found this drag queen. Apparently she had been performing a song
at a nearby bar, and at the climax of her performance, ran into the street and threw her tips into the air. I joke that
this photo captures more elements of New York than any other I've taken.
Click here for a larger image ( https://images-na.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/hopub/ems/images/title/hony/edit_8986_large.jpg ) 4) I love
this photo because of the variety of expressions that I managed to capture. I found these kids in the Lower East Side,
making the most of a hot summer day. Right before I took the photo, one of the kids leaned a little too far forwards and
started spilling water from the pool. This created a variety of different responses from his fellow swimmers.
Click here for a larger image ( https://images-na.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/hopub/ems/images/title/hony/les_4598_large.jpg ) 5) The
young boy seemed so unwilling to participate in the portrait, that at first it seemed like a photo would be impossible.
But his shyness ended up coming through beautifully, creating a portrait of the relationship between mother and son.
Click here for a larger image ( https://images-na.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/hopub/ems/images/title/hony/IMG_1560_large.jpg )
An Best Book of the Month, October 2013: The thing that always amazes me about New York is that it works
at all: so many people, stacked on top of each other in apartments or wedged side-by-side on the streets, that it once
seemed--to my admittedly West Coast eyes--that there could be no room to breathe, to stretch, to be human in such a
seemingly inhumane environment. Even the garbage (the literal garbage; no Travis Bickle allusions here) is pushed to the
sidewalk--there’s not even space between buildings to hide it. But once I’d been there--admittedly late--I understood
that it’s the people themselves that make it work; that diversity and self-expression (not to mention the necessity)
create a kind of space on their own. Brandon Stanton gets it. His thousands of not-quite-candid street portraits of New
Yorkers (and accompanying captions, usually from the subjects themselves) have made his Humans of New York blog both
poignant and extremely popular. And now, his book of the same title collects 400 of his best portraits, telling small
stories that are outsized in their humor, candor, and humanity. As it turns out, inner-space is a dimension all its own,
and it counts, too. --Jon Foro ( http://www..com/gp/feature.html?docId=1001046461 )
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