Things as They Are tells the story of modern photojournalism from The Family of Man and the heyday of Life magazine in 1955 to the era of the camera-phone in the present day. With 120 picture essays shown as they were first seen on the pages of the newspapers and magazines, Things As They Are reveals how the events of the world, the art of photographers, and the interest of the press have converged on the printed page. It traces how photojournalism has developed over time alongside changing technology, media, fashions in photography – and a changing world.
Including landmark photo essays by photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Nan Goldin, Mary Ellen Mark, James Nachtwey, Sebastião Salgado and W Eugene Smith, as shown on the pages of publications including Life, National Geographic, Paris Match, Stern and the Sunday Times, each is accompanied by an expert commentary. The vook includes a timeline of the last 50 years illustrated by the iconic winners of the annual World Press Photo awards.
Histories of photojournalism typically present us the work of photographers taken out of context. This book is different. Presenting photo stories as they appeared on the printed page adds a new dimension to our understanding of the course of photojournalism. A wonderful book, and indispensable for anyone wishing to understand the story of modern photography. Sebastião Salgado
Winner of the International Center of Photography’s ‘infinity Award’ for Best Photography Book of 2005 and selected by Wallpaper* as one of ten ‘best books of the decade’.