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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Published : 06 Oct 2020
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN-10 : 1250114292
  • ISBN-13 : 9781250114297
  • Language : English


The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

"Just when we need it, Humans reminds us what it means to be human . . . one of the most influential art projects of the decade." ―Washington Post

Brandon Stanton's new book, Humans―his most moving and compelling book to date―shows us the world.

Brandon Stanton created Humans of New York in 2010. What began as a photographic census of life in New York City, soon evolved into a storytelling phenomenon. A global audience of millions began following HONY daily. Over the next several years, Stanton broadened his lens to include people from across the world.

Traveling to more than forty countries, he conducted interviews across continents, borders, and language barriers. Humans is the definitive catalogue of these travels. The faces and locations will vary from page to page, but the stories will feel deeply familiar. Told with candor and intimacy, Humans will resonate with readers across the globe―providing a portrait of our shared experience.

Editorial Reviews

"Just when we need it, Humans reminds us what it means to be human . . . one of the most influential art projects of the decade." ―Washington Post

"A panoply of interesting stories . . . and what stories they are. A lovely, sometimes challenging testament to the universality of human nature." ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"A beautiful love letter to humanity in this moving compilation . . . . Stanton's skill at putting people at ease comes through in the spontaneity of the images, as well as in the stories they share with him. It's an outstanding survey, and each new image reveals something unique about the human condition." ―Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Stanton has taken his legendary storytelling and photography global . . . millions follow [him], and the empathy and love his work engenders will be a balm to many more." ―Booklist

"Profound interviews and signature stunning photography." ―Newsweek

Readers Top Reviews

gg70 Justine Nicol
Having been a follower of Brandon Stanton on HONY (Facebook) as well as a purchaser of his previous books, I can say that I am about halfway through this one already (couldn't wait!) and it already has provided a better space for breathing today. The stories are short. You wonder where some of them began, where some of them will end. You realize that these are just...people, people you could, and do, pass by on the street, at the grocery store, wherever. Every one of us has a story. And it might not be the most exciting story or have the most success or have the best punch line. But our stories make us who we are, and by opening the door to complete stranger's stories, we are reminded that we are not so different. We worry about going to school. Getting through school. What is after school. Getting our kids to school. Raising a family, not having children, our parents, our grandparents...the list is endless, these things we go through that everyone really goes through. So it's not a humdrum story of one person bobbling through life. It's a quick peek, a moment, that any of us could have, do have, that resonates and reminds you...we're all connected. I love it.
It is an exceptional reminder of who humans are, and how we are more similar than different. It's like people watching, but from the comfort of your home. These stories bring out a level of empathy in a reader that can only be extracted through the brave vulnerability of the subjects.
Jake Wyngard
Ignore the reviews of it coming dirty. The material they used for the cover is susceptible to finger prints; grab a Clorox wipe and wipe them off. The book is 437 pages, a lot more than I expected and after reading a few pages was worth every penny. I highly recommend this book.
I bought this for my dad, who has Parkinson’s and dementia and lives in a nursing home. It’s a nice place, my mom lives a mile away, but the facility really clamped down on visitors and socializing with other residents when COVID hit. My dad has always been soft hearted and I pre-ordered HUMANS months ago for him, and almost forgot I had. He got it the other day and called me especially to thank me for it. He forgets stuff so sometimes novels are hard to follow, but the deeply emotional snippets in HUMANS are right up his alley. Anyway. He’s really enjoying it so I thought I would post a review (which I very rarely do), because I think something like this would brighten the lives of a lot of older people. It’s a volume of all facets of human love, essentially, and that comes through loud and clear.
Nikki Trost
This is a skillfully presented collection of short stories accompanied by photos of those who live them. The author has a knack for providing deeply personal glimpses into the lives of others without it feeling abrupt. No matter your experience, in this book you will find others all over the world whose stories you can appreciate, if not wholly relate to. The format is perfect for bite-sized reads before bed or marathon reads. In today's world this book manages to bring us all a bit closer together. This is probably the best self care you can get for the price.

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