The Meisler, Forkash & Cash ClanWelcoming a Sweet New Year, North Massapequa, NY, Rosh Hashanah, September 1974
Photographer Meryl Meisler grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, and in the 1970s she began photographing her family, friends and neighbors around her suburban home town. As a photographer, Meryl is drawn to the antics of everyday life, and in her intimate and often hilarious photos we’re treated to scenes like a man juggling cardboard boxes after the prom, her young cousin grimacing at the camera from atop a toilet seat, or an amazing image of a couple smiling to the camera from a bedroom decked out in butterfly print wallpaper and matching bedspread.
These photographs and more are collected in Meryl’s new book: Purgatory and Paradise: Sassy 70s Suburbia and the City. The book pairs Meryl’s Long Island photographs with images of the characters she encountered while exploring New York’s vibrante nightlife and cultural scenes in the 1970s.
Purgatory and Paradise is on bookshelves now, and a selection of images from the book are on view at Black Box Gallery in Bushwick through October 12th.
Cousin Jennifer Cash Wieneron the Throne, North Massapequa, NY, Rosh Hashanah, September 1975
Butterfly Bedroom, East Meadow, NY, May 1975
Woman On Deck Reading Hustler, Fire Island, Pines, NY July 1978
Jive Guy on Williamsburg Subway, Brooklyn, NY, March 1978
Patti Smith Sings Gloria at CBGB, NY, NY April 1977
Clown Car at The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, Circus, NYC, NY April 1977
Self-Portrait, The Girls Scout Oath, North Massapequa, NY, January 1975
All images © Meryl Meisler
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