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.