In the event you’re a photojournalist, you want to know Melissa Lyttle. And even when you have a unique area of interest, you need to know her anyway. Lyttle is an unbiased visible journalist in Los Angeles, having beforehand labored as a workers photographer for a variety of newspapers in Florida for 15 years. She based the now-retired A Photograph a Day web site, which led to the launch of “Geek Fest” – an annual celebration of images that strikes from metropolis to metropolis every year. And in all her free time, she serves as President of the Nationwide Press Photographers Affiliation (NPPA), bringing a brand new perspective and power to a storied establishment that’s dealing with strain from the net world and altering demographics.

This 12 months, Geek Fest traveled to the Metropolis of Angels and featured some of the attention-grabbing and various line-ups I’ve seen in a images pageant. Following the two half of day gathering, I caught up with Lyttle in her Glendale house and was handled to an extremely insightful and considerate dialog with one of many trade’s strongest advocates. We talked about life after a workers place, all of the stuff that NPPA does for photographers that you just don’t even learn about, and sexual harassment within the photograph trade.

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