December 6-9 | HistoryMiami Museum

2018 Featured Speaker

Introducing Meryl Meisler, New York, USA

Meryl Meisler
Meisler captured hundred of photographs during the 70's and 80's of the Lower East Side

Meryl Meisler was born 1951 in the South Bronx and raised in North Massapequa, Long Island, NY. Inspired by Diane Arbus and Jacques Henri Lartigue, Meryl began photographing herself, family, and friends while enrolled in a photography class at The University of Wisconsin, Madison.

In 1975, Meryl returned to New York City and studied with Lisette Model, continuing to photograph her hometown and the city around her. After working as a freelance illustrator by day, Meryl frequented and photographed the infamous New York Discos. As a 1978 CETA Artist grant recipient, Meryl created a portfolio of photographs, which explored her Jewish Identity for the American Jewish Congress.

After CETA, Meryl began a 31-year career as a NYC Public School Art Teacher. Upon retirement from teaching she began revealing large bodies of unseen work. Her monographs A Tale of Two Cities Disco Era Bushwick and Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City) (Bizarre Publishing) received international acclaim. She is working on her 3rd book in a trilogy about the 1970s.Meryl lives and works in New York City, continuing the photographic memoir she began in 1973 – a uniquely American story, sweet and sassy with a pinch of mystery. She is represented by Steven Kasher Gallery.

MSPF is honored to have Meryl as one of our featured speakers this year in Miami December 6-9th.

Click here to learn more about this year's speakers and be sure to check out more of Meryl's photographs below.

2018 MSPF Call for Entries

For the first time we are happy to announce 3 contests for 2018!

2018 MSPF
Singles Competition

Deadline is Oct 1

Each year MSPF showcases the best contemporary street photography in the world selected by the most qualified jury panel in street photography today in a two tier system.

​In the first round of the competition, all submissions will be judged in a blind juried process by a panel of internationally accomplished street photographers, all active members of street photography collectives, who will be selecting up to one hundred images as this year's MSPF Finalists.  All selected finalists will be exhibited at HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, in downtown Miami and will be the highlight of the Miami Street Photography Festival which is held during Art Basel Week, December 6th to 9th, 2018. Art Basel Miami is one of the world's premier art events attracting a large international audience of art spectators, collectors, curators and gallery owners.

In the second round of voting the featured 2018 MSPF featured speakers, all world-renowned photographers,  will select the top three winners from among all MSPF finalists who will receive the 2018 MSPF Awards as First, Second and Third Place in the international competition. Click submit below to learn more and enter the 2018 competition.

Submit to the Singles Competition

NEW! 2018 MSPF
International Series Contest

Deadline is Oct 1

This year MSPF is launching our first ever international series contest. Participants are required to submit a series of 3-7 images that form a cohesive body of work in the street/documentary genre. The series can reflect a specific photography project about a topic, place or people or it can be a group of photographs that have a visual theme that ties them together. 

Participants can submit an unlimited number of series, each containing 3-7 images. Images submitted in each series will be judged as a whole. Images may have been taken anywhere in the world.

The top three series, determined by a very experienced group of judges, will be exhibited in Miami during Art Basel, one of the top art events in the world. The winning series will also be exhibited at Street Photo Milano, in Milan Italy.

Submit to the International Series

2018 MSPF Miami Series Contest
Deadline is Oct 1

The Miami Photo Series is a MSPF competition that celebrates its home city of Miami. Open to all levels of photography, the contest calls for your best images dedicated to documenting life in Miami.

Participants are required to submit a series of images exploring a theme inspired by the Magic City. A team of award winning photographers, will select the top three series, which will be displayed at HistoryMiami from November 2017 to January, 2018 including during  Art Basel Week. The winner will be announced at the Festival.​​

Submit to Miami Photo Series
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