Anonymous is a catalog produced during the showing of Edie Bresler’s exhibition of the same name in April 2021 at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Bresler was awarded the Director’s Prize in the 24th Juried Exhibition juried by Richard McCabe. The Director’s Prize offered her a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum as well as production of an exhibition catalog.
“During a year-long illness, I spent more time looking at photographs in books than making them. A series of anonymous nudes from various sources, all made between 1843-1910 entered my consciousness and kept me restless. It was not just the finality of the title, “anonymous” but wonder about the relationship between photographer and subject. I found myself dreamily inventing backstories and imagining what they might have been like outside the photographers studio.
To satisfy my curiosity, I scanned the original reproduction to digitally remove them from the studio. Then I began creating an alternate place and time. I embroider, and sew clothing as a gesture of renewal and second chances. Each sewn photograph is a unique echo of the original, akin to a distant, imagined ancestor. I gratefully acknowledge the collectors and institutions who collected and preserved the original moments.” – EB
Contributors: Edie Bresler and Paula Tognarelli
Artist: Edie Bresler
Publisher: Griffin Museum
Date of publication: 2021
Number of pages: 44