Inspired by Diane Arbus, Jacques-Henri Lartigue and her dad Jack Meisler’s passion for photography, Meryl Meisler enrolled in her first photography class in 1973, taught by Cavalliere Ketchum at The University of Wisconsin – Madison. She moved to NYC in 1975 to study with the legendary Lisette Model; while documenting her own life, with her camera screwed to her quirky eye. When Meryl retired from being an NYC Public School Art Teacher in 2010, she began releasing her archives. As time capsules of New York in the seventies and eighties, her shots are a simultaneous celebration of discos and strip clubs, her Jewish family and Long Island suburb, or intermediate school life in one of Brooklyn’s toughest neighborhoods. Impertinent and comical, Meryl captures in black and white or color moments of pure joy at the center of daily hardships, plunging us into a fascinating time and city.
Meryl Meisler lives and works in New York City and Woodstock, NY, continuing the photographic memoir she began in 1973 – a uniquely American story, sweet and sassy with a pinch of mystery. ClampArt represents her work.