From Isabelle de Lagasnerie’s article for La Croix:

Dressed in a tutu, a young girl with milky skin, leaning back in an easy chair, feet in the air and head down, arms outstretched, looks at us, hilarious. Forty-five years later, the same mischievous gaze lights up Meryl Meisler’s face as she gazes amused at this self-portrait taken in the living room of the family home, located in Massapequa, a residential area of Long Island in New York State.

At 16, armed with her first camera, the teenager began a photographic diary, in the style of Jacques Henri Lartigue, whom she cited with Diane Arbus as her masters in photography. New Years, bar mitzvahs, weddings, family meals, sessions at the hairdresser… In luminous black and white, she humorously captures snapshots of her family’s life, rich in fantasy and joie de vivre. This same sense of celebration animates the Mystery Club, a group of ten Jewish families from the neighborhood, including her parents. In turn, a couple from the group organizes a surprise outings: haunted house, Chinese cooking class, cabaret evening…“My brothers and I were fascinated by the story of our parents’ evenings. Later, I will want to photograph the groups having fun. I chose to turn my gaze towards what gives me joy and optimism.”

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