NYC in the late 1970s and early 80s could best be described using Charles Dickens' phrase “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Meryl Meisler’s photographs documented it with compassion and humor. As the city neared bankruptcy, crime rates rose, epidemics of arson and crack made the Big Apple seem like it was rotting to the core. In the midst of it all, a scintillating groundbreaking disco nightlife culture arose. Crossing the most exclusive clubs’ velvet gates, Meryl danced and photographed with her medium format camera. July 13, 1977 while she was en route to Studio 54, a blackout shuttered NYC.
A few days later, the disco beat was back while headlines and radios blasted news about a neighborhood had she never heard of before, Bushwick, where looting and rioting erupted in the darkness and went on and on.
Fast forward to 1981; Meryl arrives at her new teaching position in a Bushwick Public School. On the surface the neighborhood epitomized urban decay. The beauty of natural light and those who loved and thrived in the destruction were captured with a point and shoot camera as Meryl walked to and from the subway and school.
A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick juxtaposes Meryl’s disco and Bushwick photographs with the writing of authors who grew up amongst the rubble. The accounts of Bushwick historians and educators, Disco divas and Dickens’ narrative contribute to this true-life story and remind us that many of the same issues reverberate today. Meryl’s images of Bushwick are the largest known documentation of the neighborhood during a desperate decade. Her disco photographs have never been shown before.
A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick is Meryl’s first monograph
ABOUT MERYL MEISLER
Meryl Meisler was born in the South Bronx and raised in Massapequa, NY. She is daughter of a commercial printer and an employment “head hunter”, and granddaughter of Eastern European and University of Wisconsin at Madison, she moved to NYC in 1975. She’s worked as a freelance illustrator and photographer, taught art in the NYC Public Schools and continues to teach future art teachers at New York University.
Foundation, Time Warner, Artists Space, C.E.T.A., the China Institute and the Japan Society. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Dia Center NYC, MASS MoCA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art and in public spaces such as Grand Central Terminal, The South Street Seaport and throughout the NYC subway system. Her work is in the permanent collections of AT&T, Brooklyn Historical Society, Library of Congress, Islip Art Museum, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Pfizer, Reuters, Columbia University, American Jewish Congress, and within artist books in the collections of the Whitney, MOMA, Metronome, Carnegie Mellon, Chrysler Museum and the Centre Georges Pompidou.
Meryl is married to Patricia Jean O’Brien; they live and work in NYC and Woodstock, NY with their dog Via.
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A TALE OF TWO CITIES:
DISCO ERA BUSHWICK
Photographs and text by Meryl Meisler
Introduction by Catherine Kirkpatrick
Design by Patricia Jean O’Brien
Writing by :
John A. Dereszewski
Adam J. Schwartz
and Emanuel Xavier
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He works also for many famous brands and for the biggest advertising agencies.
Over the past ten years, he has beenrelentlessly taking pictures of a specific age category (17/20 years) which he considers as a de- cisive phase between the end ofadolescence and the beginning of adulthood, that time of life characterized by self-searching and fragility.
Modern lovers is a personal book, an intimate book. It takes us into his world both sensual aesthetic and graphic.These photo are for mostly taken in Parisbetween 2011 and 2013.
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