“The goal is simple, do not to give up. Do not start slacking. Do not let the current state of the industry define us; it’s time for us to define and shape it.” -Melissa Lyttle, Open Letter to Newspaper Photographers… (who are still at newspapers)
As a counterpoint to Chip Litherland’s excellent Open Letter to Newspaper Photographers (previously on dvafoto), Melissa Lyttle has written an Open Letter to Newspaper Photographers… (who are still at newspapers) and you’ve got to read it even if you aren’t at a newspaper. The advice is partly a look at how good it is to be taking pictures for a living and partly call to arms. As a photographer, newspaper or otherwise, we cannot wait for good stories and good photos to drop from the sky. The only thing that will make photography relevant to the public in the future is strong, storytelling work that matters. That isn’t easy, but it’s the only way.