Although photographer Meryl Meisler is most famous for her Studio 54-era photos of New York’s gender-and-sexuality-fluid night life in the 1970s, she also became an unofficial historian of my favorite gay enclaves on earth, Fire Island. Since it’s pride week, and I’m missing my beloved FI community of Cherry Grove like crazy right now, I thought this was the perfect way to kick off Pride Week.
Many of Meisler’s most iconic gay 1970s New York photos appeared in her book, Purgatory & Paradise: Sassy ‘70s Suburbia & the City. You can follow Meryl Meisler on Instagram.
Epilogue: Ms. Meisler herself popped in to let us know where to buy her book!
“The cheapest place to buy my book SASSY ’70s is from:
The Strand (signed copies $45) https://www.strandbooks.com/product/9780991014132
The Brooklyn Museum ($45, members $40) https://shop.brooklynmuseum.org/products/purgatory-paradise-sassy-70s-suburbia-the-city-by-meryl-meisler“