“A photographic love letter to New York City and its people that is sparse in text but loaded with images and feeling. . . . Hayes succinctly and sensitively traces what he has identified as the stages of falling in love with New York and getting one’s heart broken by it. . . . [An] affecting portrait of the city’s vibrant people, and the social and solitary effect of living among them.” — Publishers Weekly, October 16, 2017
“New Yorkers know better than to stare on the street, but Bill Hayes’ camera is allowed to, and often his subjects, whether alone or in pairs, stare right back at him, and now at us. It’s in these ocular embraces that we feel the humanity and the beautiful eccentricity of these individuals being revealed. Hayes gives us glimpses into the souls of the city’s characters in these arresting on-the-spot portraits.” — Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States
Bill Hayes’s critically acclaimed memoir Insomniac City provided a first look at his unique street photography. Now he presents an exquisite collection–150 photos in both color and black-and-white–that captures the full range of his work and the magic of chance encounters in New York City.
Hayes’s “frank, beautiful, bewitching” street photographs “unmask their subjects’ best and truest selves”(Jennifer Senior, New York Times): A policeman pauses at the end of a day. Cooks sneak in cigarette breaks. A pair of movers play cards on the back of a truck. Friends claim the sidewalk. Lovers embrace. A flame-haired girl gazes mysteriously into the lens. And park benches provide a setting for a couple of hunks, a mom and her baby, a stylish nonagenarian . . .
How New York Breaks Your Heart reveals ordinary New Yorkers at their most peaceful, joyful, distracted, anxious, expressive, and at their most fleeting–bringing the texture of the city to vivid life. Woven through with Hayes’s lyric reflections, these photos will, like the city itself, break your heart by asking you to fall in love.
Available for preorder now. On sale: February 13, 2018.