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Humans of New York to Top NYTimes Bestseller List a Second Time



If you want to see an example of a photographer “killing it” in the Internet era, just look at Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York. In the short span of 5 years, Stanton’s portraits and interviews of strangers have grown into a global phenomenon with tens of millions of faithful fans.

In addition to having 15+ million followers on Facebook and 4+ million on Instagram, Stanton will be the man behind two New York Times bestsellers after this weekend.

The Online Photographer reports that Stanton’s book Humans of New York: Stories will officially take the #1 spot for hardcover nonfiction books when the New York Times publishes its Sunday Book Review.


Stanton’s first book, Humans of New York, also shot to the #1 spot after it was published two years ago, in October 2013.


NPR aired an interview with Stanton about the project this weekend:

“I was working in finance in Chicago, and I lost my job,” says Stanton. “I just kind of made the decision that I was going to spend the next period of my life thinking not about money, but about how I spent my time.”

“I loved taking photographs at the time, and I struck upon this kind of crazy idea that I was going to go to New York and stop 10,000 people on the streets and take their portrait, and create kind of a photographic census of the city.”

And that’s how Humans of New York was born.

Image credits: Header portrait of Stanton by St. Martin’s Press