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iBook – Humans of New York

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If you’re looking for a little ‘downtime’ this weekend, perhaps away from apps for a while, then why not take a look at this outstanding photographic iBook by Brandon Stanton – ‘Humans of New York’? Stanton has a unique technique or some might say ‘gift’. Essentially, he approaches total strangers on the streets of New York, asks if he may take their photograph and then asks them really quite intimate questions and it’s that intimacy that brings his subjects to reveal all manner of things and inevitably say ‘I don’t know why I’m telling you this’.

Brandon Stanton is an interesting character, he has no formal journalistic training or photographic training (but did graduate as a film major) and openly admits he never learned the technically correct way to use the two cameras that he’s ever owned. Made redundant from his job as a Trader in 2010, he then decided on a complete life change including location and career. He had an idea to photograph 10,000 people and map them in a geo loco way around New York. The idea moved on a bit and then he decided he would get a little more probing, he had plenty of ‘brush offs’ which left him low but he didn’t give up and essentially, this is a lesson to us all and ‘never giving up’ is one that I nurture every single day. Today, Stanton has sold 145,000 copies in print of ‘Humans of New York’ and countless in digital format.

The digital version retails for $12.99 from the Apple iBooks Store/download here (unfortunately this book is not available in the UK store)

 

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Image – Brandon Stanton – ‘I’ve been natural my whole life’

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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