Book Talk: From blog to bestseller - 'Humans of New York'

Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:13am EST
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By Ellen Freilich

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Humans of New York," a photography book that began as a blog by a former bond trader has captured the heart and soul of New York with pictures and commentary.

Georgia-born Brandon Stanton worked in Chicago before he was seduced by the camera and moved to New York City. In 2010, he created the Humans of New York blog, taking a photographic census of New York City.

The blog gradually drew more than a million followers on Facebook and half a million on the microblogging website Tumblr, leading to the publication of 400 of Stanton's photos.

Stanton spoke to Reuters about his passion for photography, the book's optimism and how he connects to the people of New York City.

Q: What do you like best about spotting people, taking their pictures?

A: The freedom to control my own time and my own work is very gratifying. So is the opportunity to interact with people in an organic way that's not dictated by some limited job function.

Q: How do you structure your day?

A: I photograph every day for about two or three hours, usually before the sun goes down, which is when the light is best for photography. I do it every single day. I don't like to take days off.   Continued...