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Meet Senior Lecturer Edie Bresler. Professor Bresler works in the Department of Art & Music teaching color photography from introductory to advanced and is actively involved in all aspects of traditional and digital imaging. She has exhibited her photographs at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Bernard Toale Gallery, Visual Studies Workshop, and many galleries across the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Learn more about Professor Bresler and her latest projects.

Beauty in the Eye of the Photographer

Trust, value, and social interaction: Three ideals that Art & Music Senior Lecturer Edie Bresler finds invaluable to her teaching at Simmons and in her photography.

From small businesses to people on the street, Professor Bresler has crossed the paths of many with untold stories, and uncovers the beauty of each in one photograph.

Her latest projects include "Lottery Economies," which captures characters and scenes from the lottery industry, and "Exchange Economy," an artist residency at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA).

We recently spoke with Professor Bresler to put our lens on her big picture and learn more about the projects from her angle.

Lottery Economies involves photographing people who sell winning lottery tickets. What sparked this concept?
In any project there are many things responsible for generating an idea. I have a history of finding something on the ground that sparks some idea. In this case, I started noticing all these very colorful tickets withering on the ground of Davis Square where I live in Somerville. Once I noticed them, I started seeing them everywhere. And so that was my first encounter with the lottery. I started noticing the lottery tickets in 2008, when the country was experiencing a huge economic downturn. I myself was experiencing a lot of difficulty economically as were many people I think in the Simmons community, and the lottery became something of a fascination. The more I found out about it the more intrigued I became.

Continue reading Know Your Professor: Edie Bresler.

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