Edie Bresler

Professor of Practice and Photo Lab Coordinator
  • Art and Music
Professor Edie Bresler

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(617) 521-2988

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Education

  • School of Visual Arts, BFA '84
  • Lesley University of Art and Design, MFA '09

About Me

A 2017 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship in Photography, my photography-based projects have been featured on Good Morning America and PBS Greater Boston as well as in the pages of Photograph Magazine, Lenscratch, Slate, Photo District News, Business Insider, Esquire Russia and many other publications. I exhibit locally at Gallery Kayafas in SOWA, Boston, and with the Davis Orton Gallery, in New York. My work is in the permanent collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Danforth Museum of Art, Fidelity Bank and the Polaroid Corporation.

What I Teach

I teach a range of classes exploring all aspects of the photographic medium, from traditional black and white, alternative processes and digital. Through patient observation and aesthetic exercises, students acquire stronger visual acuity.

Community Engagement

I collaborate with institutions to engage with a broader representation of community. In 2009 I produced the first public participatory conversation in collaboration with the Somerville Arts Council. In 2013 I was a visiting artist at The Boston Center for the Arts and produced an alternative economy based on photography, trust and trade exchange. In 2017, I began the Yes Project, which has been exhibited at the Trustman Gallery and the New England School of Photography.

Research/Creative Activities

Since 2009 I have been looking at Main Street America through the lens of state-run lotteries. By focusing on small family-run convenience stores and marketplaces where a winning jackpot ticket was sold, I seek to humanize an overlooked and booming economy.

I am also keenly interested in fostering greater community engagement through collaborative and participatory projects. For more information, please see my website.

Publications

  • Photograph Magazine
  • Boston Globe
  • Business Insider
  • Fox News
  • Photo District News
  • Slate Magazine
  • The Improper Bostonian

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • The Society for Photographic Education
  • Photographic Resource Center, member
  • Corporator, the Griffin Museum of Photography

Awards

  • Mass Cultural Council Fellowship in Photography
  • Somerville Arts Council Grants
  • Directors Choice Award, Griffin Museum of Photography
  • Finalist, Center for Documentary Studies, Honickman First Book Prize
  • Critical Mass Finalist
  • Berkshire Taconic Resource Trust Artist Grant