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.
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 9 US cities with more to come…
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 250k images tagged by the community 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, Juan Murray, Jason & Sally Cooper, Chris Rocco, Debbie Poutsiaka, Neha Singh, Sam Swan, Jacob Solkoff, Lauren Solkoff, Nicole Schiarizzi, Kristi Perry, Hailey Carlson, Michael Bivens, Heather Wahlers, Tim Kennedy, Alan Evans, Susan Flaherty, David Rey, Brian & Laura Epstein, Jason Benjamin, William & Joanna Mann, Amber Namery, Mark Elzey, Rafael Avcioglu, Saili Kline, Bob Canto, Joy Clark, Curtis Reid, Danyson “Dee” Tavares, Kiana Gibson, Kathryn Reiley, Rafael Avcioglu, Matthew Collamer, Eran Shaysh, Whitney Otte, Jules Lesinski, Andrea Fanelli, Akshay Kokil, Erin DeFuria, Greg & Lisa DuBois, Alan & Marilyn Kalish, and Kevin O’Leary (Support)
2/21 Industrious Boston x hoo.be
2/24 Encore Apparel Co.
3/14 Industrious Boston x hoo.be
5/24-26 Boston Calling Festival
Boston Calling Music Festival
Boston Music Awards
Boston Red Sox
Encore Apparel Co.
Film Meets Digital
Kimpton Onyx Hotel
Leica Store Boston
Photo Shoot for a Cure
Studio Allston Hotel