Following Boston

The definition of what it means to be a “photographer” has dramatically changed over the past few years. It’s no longer reserved for those who just shoot film, or receive a paycheck to do so. Social media was largely responsible for this shift in how people view the medium and photographers.

Following Boston...
Great Photography.
— Nikki Sixx / Motley Crue

Once Instagram was solidified as a social media giant, it became a running joke that its users were actual “photographers.” The term “social photographer” grew from this skepticism, and used to identify those who were incredibly talented and possessed the ability to tell stories with their images. This was the major catalyst for Producer Michael Kalish, in creating the “Following Boston” documentary film series that launched summer 2015, and is now live in 10 US cities with more to come…

“Following” Producer, Michael Kalish

Leveraging Instagram as the pulse and distribution channel for the series, @FollowingBoston has become the hottest hub in Boston quickly approaching 25k followers, and more than 220k images tagged #FollowingBoston by hopefuls looking to have their photos featured… or perhaps to be selected to host an upcoming episode.



Michael Kalish (Creator/Producer), Nancy Cheung, Phearee Sak (Co-Producers), Kenton Van Natten (Editor), Douglas Gordon, Grace Deacon, Alex Enman, Skoty Rea (Cinematographers), Jonathan Ulman, The Arcitype (Music), Oscar Alvarez, Jason Cooper, Chris Rocco, Debbie Poutsiaka, Neha Singh, Sam Swan, Nicole Schiarizzi, Kristi Perry, Heather Wahlers, Susan Flaherty, Brian Epstein, Jason Benjamin, and Whitney Otte (Production Assistants)