Brandon Stanton started his blog Humans of New York in the summer of 2010 in an effort to capture a "photographic census of New York City." The strange, the beautiful, the inspiring, the struggling. The people who say, "A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: It is a beautiful catastrophe" (Le Corbusier), and the people who say, "Man I'd hit that so hard whoever could pull me out would become King of England" (man on street taking note of hot girl). Two million online followers and 4 years later, Stanton parlayed the blog into a bestselling book by the same name. It consisted primarily of color photos--hundreds of them--depicting New Yorkers living their New York lives, and encapsulating the spirit and history of the city. Personal tales and anecdotal blurbs were included, but weren't the focus of the first HONY. That's what Stanton delves into with his follow-up release: the stories of the faces in his photos.
Humans of New York: Stories puts to paper some of the thousands of conversations Stanton has had with his photographic subjects. In-depth accounts of personalities, opinions, and experiences plucked from the melting pot and running the gamut from intriguing to hilarious to deeply moving. The design and visuals of Stories are just as stunning as those of its predecessor, but the additional and longer accounts accompanying them add layers of depth and connection to the people we see. They give faces names, and names stories.