Things as They Are
This will be old news for many of you in Europe, where the show opened and the book came out last fall. But it looks as if the U.S. edition of Things as They Are: Photojournalism in Context Since 1955 has finally arrived. The New York Times made it sound imminent in an article last week, and Amazon.com now has it listed in stock.
Commissioned by World Press Photo to mark its 50th anniversary, the book brings together over 100 outstanding magazine and newspaper features, all reproduced from their original sources at somewhat smaller size. They trace the PJ mainstream from Cartier-Bresson and Eugene Smith to Salgado and Nachtwey, with some intriguing side trips by the likes of Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, and Martin Parr. It’s an embarrassment of riches, fascinating and essential for anyone with any interest in the journalistic side of photography. The European edition has already won the International Center of Photography’s award for best publication of 2005.
P.S. Apropos of HCB’s lens choices, check out the great 1955 shot of the crowds in Red Square in the book’s first story. If that’s not at least a 90mm I’ll eat my Leica lens cap. (Paris Match seems to have had reason to think so too: the caption reads “Au téléobjectif le cœur même de la capitale”—a telephoto view of the very heart of the capital.)
Posted by: JOHN KENNERDELL