Humans of New York (Humans of New York, 1)
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He could not get enough of the city and people, “when the summer ended, I went back to Chicago just long enough to pack my bags and move back to New York. Overall, this heartfelt collection took me on a journey in just over 300 pages, and I’m still in awe. Dull-brown public-housing towers—as much a part of the quintessential visual New York as the bodega bag—form a jagged horizon. The downward glance of a snow-besieged redhead can only be understood as having to do with the fiancé she lost to the war in Iraq.
The result of these efforts was Humans of New York, a vibrant blog in which he featured his photos alongside quotes and anecdotes. Sometimes I find myself imagining backstories for them, or daydreaming book concepts where each one is a character.I want to be a diplomat, and travel, and do all sorts of things that have nothing to do with being disabled. Human’s Of New York initially was a private blog seen only for friends and family and posted the images with no context. The book included some quotes and stories, but largely it represented the photographic origins of HONY.
During the throes of the Great Depression, the novelist Erskine Caldwell and the photographer Margaret Bourke-White travelled together through the rural South, hoping to gather impressions from the lives of black and white tenant farmers. In the long-run, perhaps, live longer, retain friendships, understand children, ability to love, empathize. In Stanton’s photo of the encounter, Vidal sits grinning behind the Resolute desk, the President and principal flanking him like wings. Humans of New York began when photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project – to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. From street photographer Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of New York City, filled with photographs of its residents and stories from their lives.Dive into the vibrant tapestry of New York City with 'Humans of New York: Stories', a compelling collection featuring over 500 vivid, full-color photos capturing the lives of its diverse inhabitants. Without modern day “sharing,” HONY’s compelling photographs would likely not have become a trend and have made such a great impact. It is not, Bourke-White and Caldwell seem to say, enough simply to see the faces of one’s destitute countrymen. As of December 2016 [update], Humans of New York had more than 18 million likes on its Facebook page.
Hence the grammar of the title: You, presumably a Northern, urban liberal, well-meaning but essentially ignorant of the lives of your poor southerly neighbors, are now invited to partake in Their hardships. A barefoot black boy in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, stands surrounded by newsprint-papered walls, a dog at his feet. This contrast of texture grabs attention in expressing the outstanding personalities of New York has to offer. You can take something that happened in someone’s life that seems very meaningless, and by crafting it into a story, you’ve taken something that is something that can be unexplainably tragic — like the brain cancer in your nine-year-old child — and turned it into something that speaks to people and gives them meaning. In 2013, HONY launched another Indiegogo campaign to help news cameraman Duane Watkins and his wife adopt a child from Ethiopia.He realized the quality of his work came from the characteristics of the subjects and inputted their storytelling with the photographs. Thus occupying the vague space between archetype and anecdote, between the particular and the more broadly illustrative, Riis’s photos realized photography’s unique and enduring possibility—to serve artistic and documentary ends at once. The simplest way to describe the development of HONY over the past five years is this: it’s evolved from a photography blog to a storytelling blog.
You Have Seen Their Faces” presents the challenge of knowing other people as possible, if only gradually, and after an acknowledgement of social and racial distances. It seemed like an interesting moment, so I quickly snapped the photo, then approached them to find out what was so interesting about today’s paper. With four hundred color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York.The author’s empathy undoubtedly made him an exceptional doctor, and the precision of his prose—as well as the moral purpose underscoring it—suggests that he could have written a good book on any subject he chose. And—again, as with Riis—this acquaintance is earned by way of more than pictures and homespun snippets: the pages of “You Have Seen Their Faces” are split almost evenly between text and image; Caldwell goes on at length, magisterial and morally devastated at turns, providing a real accounting of American exploitation, and of its casualties. Someone with wild eyes for an entire face, bemaned by equally crazed polar-white hair: “You’re going to misconstrue what I say.