We’re obsessed with Brandon Stanton’s photo and interview blog Humans of New York. The gorgeous book version of the blog, which came out in time for the holidays last year, was one of the best-bet gifts for anyone who loves great images and stories. Now Stanton has amassed enough photos of just kids for another book, Little Humans (out Oct. 7). We have the exclusive cover here, and a Q&A with Stanton below:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do kids really say the darndest things?
BRANDON STANTON: If they do, it’s because they’re too young to worry about people’s opinions.
It’s amazing that you approach strangers all the time. How is approaching a child different? Are you sometimes more intimidated by approaching a kid than an adult?
Whenever I’m photographing a kid, I never even make eye contact with the child until I’ve asked the parent’s permission. But once I’ve gotten the go ahead, I sit on the ground and try to be as playful as possible. I think it’s important to try to get on a kid’s level when taking their photo.
How do you think an NYC kid is different from other kids?
I think a lot of New York parents may like to dress their kids up a bit more. But other than that, I think a kid is a kid. One of the great things about kids is that they don’t often pretend to be someone they aren’t.
Now that HONY as a project is so well known and huge, do you still have the anonymity you had before when you approach people?
Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. Because the blog has gotten so big, sometimes the people I stop turn out to be fans. Occasionally that makes it difficult to have an honest conversation. But I don’t think it’s hindered me much so far.