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