A view of Portland Street in downtown Worcester.
A photograph of downtown Worcester.

Brian Murphrey hails from Shrewsbury. From the age of 3, when he started playing ice hockey, he dreamed of being a professional and worked hard every day to achieve his goal. When Murphrey was 18, he was on his way, winning several college scholarships. During a hockey game in his senior year of high school, he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while on the ice. He was given a life change of 0-15% and told he would never walk again. He defied all odds, not only surviving, but learning to walk and talk again. When he lost the ability to pick up a hockey stick, someone handed him a camera. Little did he know then how much of an impact it would have on the rest of his life. He graduated from high school and went to Worcester State College (now University).

There, he studied photography under the tutelage of Professor William Byers. Byers, himself an accomplished freelance photographer, introduced Murphrey to the work of Ansel Adams. Murphrey was immediately impressed by Adams’ style of landscape photography. After that, he could be found a few days a week and most weekends in the dark rooms of the Kearning Resource Center on campus. As technology advanced, it moved from film and darkrooms to digital images and software. He remains dedicated to landscape photography and passionate about black and white work.

Currently living in Worcester, Murphrey enjoys taking photos of the city and its unique architecture. He frequently posts new work on Instagram and has amassed a loyal following online. He entered and was selected to exhibit his work in both Worcester State University alumni art shows, selling both pieces. His goal is to have his work one day hung in Worcester Town Hall and in the lobbies of downtown apartment buildings.


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