Meryl Meisler was born in 1951 in the Bronx and raised on Long Island. Inspired by Diane Arbus and her father Jack’s photos, she enrolled in photography classes at The University of Wisconsin–Madison. Moving to NYC in 1975, she studied with Lisette Model, continuing to document suburban and street life with her quirky eye. While frequenting NYC's discos Meryl captured hedonistic havens, celebrities, and revelers of the night, never revealing the large bodies of work until retiring from her 31-year career as an NYC public school art teacher. She's authored three internationally proclaimed monographs: Tale of Two Cities Disco Era Bushwick, Purgatory & Paradise SASSY '70s Suburbia & The City and New York PARADISE LOST Bushwick Era Disco.


Meryl's exhibits include Brooklyn Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Dia Art Foundation, New Museum, Whitney Museum, Zillman Art Museum, Grand Central Terminal, the NYC subway system, and galleries in NYC, Berlin, and Paris. She's received two NYFA fellowships, the CPW Affinity Award, and residences at Yaddo and Lightwork. Meryl lives and works in NYC and Woodstock, NY, continuing her photographic memoir begun in 1973 – a uniquely American story, sweet and sassy with a pinch of mystery. CLAMP represents her work.

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