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Edmonton photo-blogger's book a snapshot of life in the city

If a picture is worth a thousand words, an Edmonton man has written an epic about the city. And Shayne Woodsmith did it all through the lens of his camera.

Photographer Shayne Woodsmith's year's-worth of pictures now featured in a book

A book chronicling Shane Woodsmith's photoblog "Faces of Edmonton" was premiered on Friday night. 2:09

If a picture is worth a thousand words, an Edmonton man has written an epic about the city. And Shayne Woodsmith did it all through the lens of his camera.

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His project is called "Faces of Edmonton" — his own take on the popular "Humans of New York" photoblog.

On Friday night, his photos went from online to on-paper at a book launch.

Shayne Woodsmith spent a year going around Edmonton with his camera, taking snapshots of the people who inhabit the city. Now that photoblog has been turned into a book. (CBC)

When he began the project a year ago, Woodsmith says it was a struggle.

The first five people he asked said no. But he finally got a yes, and he's taken hundreds of photos since.

"People from Edmonton are from all over the world. When I first started, I thought, 'Oh, people won't be as interesting as in New York.' But they are," he said.

"There's people from everywhere here and everyone has stories — funny stories, tragic stories. I would say any city, if there's someone out there willing to do it — it's worthwhile to just go out there and talk to the people who animate the city."

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