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Things as they are
January 2006
Photograph by Mary Ellen Mark

TEXTUNTIL ON‑SCREEN PUBLICATION TOOK OFF A FEW YEARS AGO, THE PRINTED PAGE WAS ALWAYS THE MAIN VEHICLE FOR THE PRESENTATION OF PHOTOJOURNALISM. IT SEEMED FITTING TO CELEBRATE OUR FIRST HALF CENTURY WITH A BOOK AND AN EXHIBITION THAT PRESENT THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THEIR ORIGINAL PRESS CONTEXT. WE LOOKED AT THE HISTORY OF PHOTOJOURNALISM OVER THE 50 YEARS OF OUR INVOLVEMENT, EXAMINING THE FORM IN TERMS OF ITS ORIGINAL PRODUCTION AND USE.


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Mary Ellen Mark 'Falkland Road', published in Stern (Germany), 1981


THE STORY IS TOLD THROUGH THE PRESENTATION OF 120 LANDMARK PHOTOJOURNALISM FEATURES AS THEY WERE FIRST SEEN ON THE PAGES OF NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES, REVEALING HOW THE EVENTS OF THE WORLD, THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND THE INTERESTS OF PUBLISHERS AND THE PRESS HAVE CONVERGED ON THE PRINTED PAGE. THINGS AS THEY ARE CELEBRATES PHOTOJOURNALISM AND ITS CONTRIBUTORS ‑ THE PHOTOGRAPHERS, BUT ALSO THE PUBLISHERS, ART DIRECTORS, EDITORS AND AGENCIES THAT WORK WITH THEM TO DEPICT OUR SOCIETIES AND ACCOUNT FOR THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN PICTURES. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO SHOW "THE BEST", BUT RATHER TO TELL THE STORY OF PHOTOJOURNALISM.

THE BOOK AND EXHIBITION FEATURE RATHER MORE PUBLICATIONS FROM EUROPE AND AMERICA THAN FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, REFLECTING THEIR DOMINANCE IN THE HISTORY OF PHOTOJOURNALISM TO DATE. BUT THINGS ARE CHANGING. WE CURRENTLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE TRAINING OF PHOTOGRAPHERS AND EDITORS IN MANY COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM OF THE WESTERN MEDIA. THE EXPOSURE OF WORK PRODUCED IN DIFFERENT CONTINENTS IS GROWING, AND WE HOPE TO SEE THE EMERGENCE OF PUBLISHERS.

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