Meryl was born in 1951 in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island, New York. Inspired by Diane Arbus, Jacques Henri Lartigue, her father Jack and her grandfather Murray Meisler, she studied photography with Cavalliere Ketchum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and with Lisette Model in New York. Meisler frequented and photographed New York's legendary nightclubs.
After retiring from 31 years as a New York public school art teacher, she began publishing unpublished works, including her books A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick (Bizarre, 2014), Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY '70s Suburbia & The City (Bizarre, 2015) and New York PARADISE LOST: Bushwick Era Disco (Parallel Pictures Press, forthcoming 2021).
Meisler lives in New York City and Woodstock, NY. ClampArt represents his work.
And his collections have been exhibited in numerous museums and institutions.
The Best of Time, Worst of Times
Retiring after decades as a public school art teacher, Meisler began to unearth and rethink her own archive. Part capsule of the 1970s and 1980s and part memoir, The Best of Time, Worst of Times is an invitation to join her on a wild ride: disco nights, punk bars, strip clubs, Fire Island, family, friends and neighbours, and the suburbs of Long Island. Her exuberant celebration of human connection is particularly poignant now, when we cannot take any of these encounters for granted. Meisler clearly celebrates with his subjects. These are his people: not strangers, but participants. She depicts our own shared humanity, our humour and our joy.
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These images come from her books
"A Tale of Two Citied Disco Era Bushwick" and "Purgatory & Paradise SASSY '70s Suburbia & The City"
SASSY '70s is still available and can be purchased here: www.strandbooks.com