Things as They Are takes us from the golden era of the illustrated press—the heyday of Life magazine and Picture Post—to the explosion of digital media in the twenty-first century. This history is told through the presentation of 125 photojournalism features shot and published throughout the world. These stories are presented in context—shown on the pages of newspapers and magazines, as the public originally experienced them. The book traces how photojournalism has developed over time alongside changing technology, media, fashions in photography—and a changing world. It includes landmark photo-essays by photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Sebastião Salgado, Mary Ellen Mark, and James Nachtwey, each accompanied by expert commentary. Chosen were stories that exemplify the highest quality of work published around the world during each period as well as stories that have played a key role in shaping the history of photojournalism itself, demonstrating important innovations in photography and in publishing. The book includes a historical essay and an afterword on the future of photojournalism. A timeline of the period is illustrated with iconic winners of the annual World Press Photo awards. In addition, each published picture essay is accompanied by a text explaining the significance of the story, photographer, and publication.