Press Feature – The New York Times

Ms. Meisler’s work consists of images she took with a cheap point-and-shoot film camera when she taught art at a Bushwick school in the 1980s. She would photograph what she encountered on her walk to and from school, in an area that still bore the scars from the destruction of the 1977 blackout. Although she did not realize it at the time, she was looking for life-affirming images.

“They are the photos they are because I wasn’t there for a day or on assignment,” said Ms. Meisler, who spent 14 years teaching in Bushwick and is now retired. “Looking back, I always photographed very upbeat things. I was not there for the short term.” – David Gonzalez

Exhibits & Events

SASSY CIRCUS & Creepy Clowns – solo exhibit

BIZARRE Black Box Gallery
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, NY (J/M/Z to Myrtle/Broadway)
Through November 22, 2017, open daily 11am – 4am

Me, My Selfie & I: Contemporary Self Portraits– group exhibit
Hudson Guild Gallery
441 West 26th St., NY, NY 10001
Through November 18, 2017

Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library– group exhibit
Photographs From The Library of Congress Collection
Curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker

Anneberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of The Stars, LA, CA
April 21, 2018September 9, 2018

Meryl’s Books

A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick and Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City
are available online through these independent booksellers: Museum of The City of NYThe Strand (Strand is the Amazon Dealer)

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© Meryl Meisler 2015