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PORTRAIT(S) Festival : Meryl Meisler : QUIRKYVISION


Meryl Meisler’s QUIRKYVISION will be installed at Le Palais des Congrès of Vichy during the PORTRAIT(S) Tenth Annual Festival in Vichy, France, from June 24 through September 4, 2022.

Impertinent and humorous, Meryl Meisler plunges us into a captivating city and time, 1970s and 1980s New York. Her shots celebrate disco evenings and strip-tease clubs, her Jewish family and Long Island suburb, or life in a public school in one of the roughest Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Inspired by Diane Arbus and Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Meryl Meisler, who was born in 1951, studied with legendary photographer Lisette Model while documenting her own life, with her camera screwed to her quirky eye. It was only when she retired from being a teacher in 2010 that she began releasing her archives, which led to the creation of this event. As a time capsules of New York in the seventies and eighties, her shots are a simultaneous celebration of discos and strip clubs, her Jewish family and Long Island suburb, or NYC public school life in one of Brooklyn’s toughest neighborhoods. Impertinent and comical, Meryl Meisler captures in black and white or color moments of pure joy in the heart of daily hardships, plunging us into a fascinating time and city.

This tenth Portrait(s) Festival in Vichy will celebrate the arts in the plural and have a lot of surprises. The Grand Casino will be transformed into a temple of photography, with exhibitions, conferences, and projections before moving into the public space, in this spa city by the Allier River. The thirteen exhibitions feature work by Christophe Acker, Charlotte Boudon, Omar Victor Diop, Henrike Stahl, Marie Magnier, Meryl Meisler, Éric Poupy, Kourtney Roy, Komath Studio. Brigitte Patient. Christian Tagliavini. Alain Willaume, and photography by ninth-grade students of the Collège des Célestins.

Come on a delightful photographic wandering through Vichy!


Special Events


18:00 : Opening of of Portrait(s) 10th edition exhibitions at the palais des Congrès

18:45 : Wandering to Saint-Louis Church Square

and to the esplanade of Allier Lake, with performances

20:30 : Screening of Christophe Acker’s residence film


11:00 : Meeting and book signing with the photographers at the palais des Congrès

From 11:00 to 17:00 : Photo studio at the palais des Congrès, come and have your photo taken


PORTRAIT(S) Festival

A Photography Encounter in Vichy, France
June 24 to September 4, 2022
Every day, 10:00 to 19:00
Saturdays 10:00 to 22:00 from July 14 – August 15th

Note: Meryl Meisler will be present at Portrait(s) Vichy on June 24th and June 25th.
Instagram: @merylmeisler



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