Favourite books of Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton is an American photographer and blogger, most known for his photo blog, Humans of New York, started in 2010. The blog features street portraits of people in New York City, along with snippets of conversations.

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“I was a History major, and my favorite books to read are biographies. The best biographies read like great works of fiction, and Caro might be the best biographer out there.”

The most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A. Caros life of Lyndon B. Johnson, continues. Master of the Senate takes Johnsons story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve years, from 1949 through 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnsons brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history and how he used his incomparable legislative genius--seducing both Northern liberals and Southern conservatives--to pass the first Civil Rights legislation since Reconstruction. Brilliantly weaving rich detail into a gripping narrative, Caro gives us both a galvanizing portrait of Johnson himself and a definitive and revelatory study of the workings of legislative power. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Brandon Stanton recommends The Goldfinch

“Like much of the world this year, I really got lost in this book. The whole time I read it, I was thinking that it was as much of a masterpiece as the painting it centers around.”

Also recommended by: Meg Wolitzer, Adam Savage

The Goldfinch is the third novel by American author Donna Tartt, her first new book in 11 years. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 among other honors. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer by Vivian Maier, John Maloof, and Geoff Dyer

Brandon Stanton recommends Vivian Maier: Street Photographer

“So inspired by the story of Vivian Maier, as well as her photography. In every image, you can feel her compulsion to capture life. It’s a recognizable feeling to any artist.”

Please note that all blank pages in the book were chosen as part of the design by the publisher. A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers. Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwidefrom France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countriesand yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in Americas post-war golden age. It wasnt until local historian John Maloof purchased a box of Maiers negatives from a Chicago auction house and began collecting and championing her marvelous work just a few years ago that any of it saw the light of day. Presented here for the first time in print, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer collects the best of her incredible, unseen body of work.

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