Brandon Stanton's Humans is a book that connects readers as global citizens at a time when erecting more borders is the order of the day. It shows us the entire world, one story at a time . . .
Brandon Stanton's Humans - his most moving and compelling book to date - shows us the world. After five years of traveling the globe, the creator of Humans of New York brings people from all parts of the world into a conversation with readers. He ignores borders, chronicles lives and shows us the faces of the world as he saw them. His travels took him from London, Paris and Rome to Iraq, Dubai, Ukraine, Pakistan, Jordan, Uganda, Vietnam, Israel and every other place in between. His interviews go deeper than before. His chronicling of peoples' lives shows the experience of a writer who has traveled widely and thought deeply about the state of our world.
Including hundreds of photos and stories of the people he met and talked with in over forty countries, Humans is classic Brandon Stanton - a fully color illustrated book that includes many photos and stories never seen before. For the first time for a HONY title, Humans will contain several of the essays Brandon's posted online which have been read, loved and enthusiastically shared by his followers.
PRAISE FOR HUMANS
'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 (Humans of New York) composes a beautiful love letter to humanity in this moving compilation of his work. Hundreds of portraits from around the world are accompanied by poignant quotes from each subject in his signature style, and interspersed with the photos are fascinating details about Stanton's process, like his standard first interview question: "What's your greatest struggle right now?" The subjects' responses span topics including death, raising kids, and addiction, imbuing the candid images with lifetimes worth of meaning and memory. One subject playing piano on a street in Montreal says, "You could make a horror movie about my life," then recounts years of familial abuse and shocking violence. Children offer a lighter reprieve, with a tie-wearing kid in New York who says the hardest part of first grade is "eleven plus eleven." First-world problems, like a man in a Tokyo intersection who needs more YouTube followers, contrast with recollections of the Rwandan genocide from a woman in Butare, Rwanda. 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. Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly noted the images in the book are black and white.