In 2008, Jason Polan set himself the challenge of drawing every person in New York. Like Sufjan Stevens’s aim to make 50 albums of the United States, it was essentially an impossible project, but what’s come out of it is undoubtedly a success. The artist and Cut collaborator has drawn an impressive 36,000-plus people to date, and those sketches are all compiled in Every Person in New York, along with a foreword by Kristen Wiig. It’s out on August 18, with a key addendum to its title: Volume 1. Thumb through a copy to find sketches and scrawled captions of New Yorkers waiting in line, subway riders, famous faces, and, if you’ve been to New York City in the last seven years, maybe even yourself.
Photo: Jason Polan