How New York Breaks Your Heart by Bill Hayes

How New York Breaks Your Heart by Bill Hayes


Bill Hayes's critically acclaimed memoir Insomniac City provided a first look at his unique street photography. Here he presents an exquisite collection 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 plays 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.


Second-hand copy in 'as new' condition. 




“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' photographs tell the story of what really makes New York New York: its people.” –  Roz Chast


“[Hayes] immortalizes ordinary people in the city that never sleeps.” –  Sam Roberts, New York Times


“[Hayes's] arresting pictures celebrate the fact that 'beauty comes in unbeautiful ways' in the city that never sleeps.” –  Heller McAlpin, NPR


“Hayes provides us an even larger look at a New York we are in constant interaction with--its noises, colors, its claustrophobic (yet somehow thrilling) density, and its openness, welcome diversity, and indeed, its ability to break our hearts. . . . When I think of the great photographers who have depicted this city--Elliot Erwitt, Helen Leavitt, Diane Arbus, Gordon Parks to name only a few--Hayes adds to this bounty with his own tattoo.” –  Lambda Literary


“A photographic love letter to New York City and its people . . . With every photo, Hayes captures the casual intimacy of his subjects with their natural habitat to show what's most heartwarming about the city: the rare, diverse, and vital spirit of the people in it.” –  Publishers Weekly


“[Hayes's] photos are reminiscent of Diane Arbus' street portraits, the difference being that Arbus was drawn to the strangeness in people while Hayes is drawn to their warmth and beauty.” –  Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle


“There's wistfulness in Hayes' title, for the beauty that breaking reveals. With his photos, Hayes seems to say that if a city breaks your heart, look to its people to piece it back together again.” –  Booklist


“Here we see Hayes' excellent eye, and his ability to portray his subjects with intimacy and immediacy. The photos tell something about the photographer, as well: how he is drawn to people, and must seem worthy of their trust. The delectation goes both ways.” –  The Bay Area Reporter


“Readers should consider themselves lucky that, presently, gay writer and photographer Bill Hayes has two books for them to enjoy . . . [How New York Breaks Your Heart] is a fascinating assortment of New Yorkers.” –  Peach ATL


“An exceptional collection of images. Here's to [Hayes] taking many more!” –  The Brooklyn Eagle


“A beautiful companion to Insomniac City and a standalone volume that captures the comedy, tragedy, and magic in the everyday.” –  Erin Kodicek, Omnivoracious


“A stunning portfolio of portraits that reflect the city's diversity and lively street life.” –  amNewYork


“Hayes' photos work doubly, evoking this bittersweetness and grasping at the dense inner lives of his subjects, though we'll never get a chance to know them.” –  Interview

  • Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury

    Publication Date: 17 May 2018

    ISBN: 9781635570854

    Pages: 160

    Format: Hardback

    Type: Second hand 

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