Gallery Representative: ClampArt
Meryl Meisler was born in 1951 in the South Bronx and raised in North Massapequa, Long Island, NY. Inspired by Diane Arbus, Jacques Henri Lartigue, and her dad Jack and grandfather Murray Meisler, Meryl began photographing herself, family, and friends while enrolled in a photography class at The University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 1975, Meryl moved to NYC and studied with Lisette Model, continuing to photograph her hometown, NYC street life, the infamous New York discos and sordid nightlife. A 1978 C.E.T.A. Artist Grant supported her portfolio on Jewish identity. After C.E.T.A., Meryl began a three-decade career as a NYC Public School Art Teacher. Upon retirement, she began releasing large bodies of previously unseen work, including three 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 (Paradise Pictures Press, 2021) Meryl lives and works in New York City and Woodstock, NY, continuing the photographic memoir she began in 1973 – sweet and sassy with a pinch of mystery. Her photography is represented by CLAMPART.