Meryl Meisler’s work underscores once again that the best camera is the one you have with you. As an art teacher in the late 1970’s Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York, she witnessed the decline of the area in the aftermath of the famous 1977 blackout. She purchased a cheap point-and-shoot camera and, using the cheapest film she could afford, she began over the next 14 years to document life around her.
This one-hour video provides a fascinating glimpse into the past of the Brooklyn neighborhood, and also shows us its rebirth, driven by the influx of artists and new cultures. What she has shown, and is still showing, is that life goes on despite our surroundings and circumstances.