Sydney Schaefer is a Philadelphia based photographer, photographing people, the world and her life, occasionally with a disposable camera. She fell in love with photography the old school way—35mm film. During her freshman year in college, she learned to shoot and develop her own film, and print in the darkroom. Five years later and she has established herself as a photojournalist in the city of Philadelphia. 

She is currently a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, studying journalism with a concentration in photojournalism. Sydney currently holds the position of Photo Editor at The Temple News, Temple's award-winning, student-run newspaper, while also working as a freelance reporter and photographer at various Philadelphia media outlets. Currently, she is working as a photo intern at the Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and

Sydney has had her work published by a range of print and online publications, including NPR, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News,, The Fader, WXPN, Billy Penn, The Temple News and much more.

Sydney is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and received an honorable mention in the sports photo category at the 2018 Student Keystone Press Awards.

To contact Sydney about independent photo projects and jobs, please sent an email to

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