Thursday, August 16, 2018

Review: HUMANS OF NEW YORK by Brandon Stanton

Rating: 4/5 stars

I really don’t have much to say about this book. I’ve heard of both the blog and the Facebook page called Humans of New York, but I never followed either of them before. I saw this book at a library sale this week and it intrigued me, as I have a deep appreciation for photography, so I decided to give it a shot. I ended up really enjoying it.

The photographs are beautiful and candid, capturing the extremists as well as the ordinary people in all boroughs of New York. I’ve never been to New York, and I’ve never really had the desire to go because I don’t like big cities, but this book may have changed that for me, at least a little bit. I want to have the experience of New York City, at least once.

Honestly, looking at these photographs and reading the captions or quotations from the people in them was really eye-opening for me. There are so many people on this planet, and everyone is so different. I’m really only familiar with my own culture, but there are so many cultures out there, even just in New York, that I know nothing about, and I got to see glimpses of them through Stanton’s work in this book. I love seeing how people express themselves. And something I learned about myself while reading this book is that how I want to dress and how I do dress are totally different styles. I need to work on my own self-expression.

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