Brandon Stanton is a photographer, and his book Humans Of New York is a collection of portraits taken in the great city of New York.
The Humans Of New York series of photos is also referred to by the acronym HONY and has inspired offshoots in other cities. Stanton began his HONY project in 2010 and published his work on his blog. Stanton's work became popular and he now has more than 15 million Facebook followers and this book is a #1 New York Times bestseller.
This collection of photographs - some of which include captions and short anecdotes - is an inspiring and thought provoking body of work.
Humans Of New York makes a great coffee table book, and is easy to browse through, but if you take your time, your curiosity will be rewarded.
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was entirely due to the layout. Some of the photographs suffered due to placement, which I found a shame, and I'm confident this could have been enhanced by someone with better skills and vision for the project.
I highly recommend Humans Of New York for professional and amateur photographers and readers who enjoy the art of people watching; here you can do it without the risk of being caught!
My rating = ****