Temple grad named to Time’s 2016 list of Instagram Photographers to Follow

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A Philadelphia woman has been named to Time Magazine’s list of 51 Instagram Photographers to Follow in the United States.


Meredith Edlow, 35, a freelance photographer and filmmaker, is a 2004 film and media arts alumna from Temple University. She grew up in Yorktown, Va., and attended Villanova University for two years before transferring to Temple.

“I really wanted to be closer to the city,” she said on Friday in a telephone interview.  “I wanted to open my door and have life happening.”


Her Instagram account includes street shots, portraits and documentary photography.





“I take my work really seriously and take storytelling seriously,” said Edlow. She said it was “profound” to be included in the group. “The list is really chockfull of great talent and pretty diverse.”

Edlow was “speechless” when she found out about the honor in November. The list included some of the mentors in the field that she has looked up to.

Said Time: “For Edlow, Instagram is a public sketchbook. ‘I was frustrated with the ever changing way of showing off work online,’ she says. ‘I tried blogging. Not for me. I needed to have something that went from brain to camera to the internet quickly. Instagram did that.’ Since then, she’s stalking light and shadow in the streets of Philadelphia.”

Edlow told the Temple News she was a “latecomer” to Instagram when she started around the end of 2013, but has “found it to be a great vehicle for storytelling.”






Also named to this year’s list is noted photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Kashi from Montclair, N.J. and Nicholas Pritchett of Delaware.

This is the second year Time has named a list to watch for every state plus Washington D.C. out of the more than 100 million U.S. photographers on Instagram.

Edlow has also worked as a staff photographer with the South Philly Review and as a resident photographer for the International House Philadelphia.
























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