Meryl Meisler is a legendary nightlife and street photographer. Inspired by Diane Arbus, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Meryl studied photography with Cavalliere Ketchum at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and with Lisette Model in New York City. She photographed the infamous New York discos and a 1978 CETA Artist Grant supported her portfolio on Jewish identity. Meryl has received support from Yaddo, Light Work, Artists Space, CETA, China Institute, Japan Society, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, and Time-Warner. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Dia Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, New Museum for Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum, and in public spaces such as Grand Central Terminal and the NYC Transit System. Her work is in the collections of the American Jewish Congress, AT&T, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Brooklyn Historical Society, Columbia University, Emory University, Islip Art Museum, and the Library of Congress, and in artist book collections of Carnegie Melon, Centre Georges Pompidou, Chrysler Museum, MOMA, Metronome Library, and The Whitney.
Upon retirement from a 3 decade career as a NYC public school art teacher, Meryl began releasing previously unseen work, including two books, A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick (Bizarre, 2014), and Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City (Bizarre, 2015). Two more photography books about the 1970s & 80s are forthcoming. Meryl’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Tracks Arte TV, VICE, The Paris Review, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Daily Mail, OUT, PAPER, ABC News, CNN, Advocate, The Daily News, The Post, Flavorwire, WIRED, PDN, Wallpaper, Stern, La Repubblica, Refinery29, Another Man, The New Criterion, andInternazionale among other media outlets around the world. TIME honors Meryl among the “Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century…trailblazers who challenged the accepted conventions of time and paved the way for today’s image makers.”