A Photographer’s Search for Joy in Uncertain Times highlights some of Meryl Meisler’s street photography from the 70s and 80s.

Along with a few photos, there are nuggets like this–in reference to her practice of bumming smokes as an icebreaker:

“It wasn’t about the cigarettes; it was about the people,” … “It was a way of saying hello to people and being less shy.”

Meryl Meisler is also on Instagram.

Photo by Meryl Meisler

Michael Berman - Abdul
In 1999, Michael Berman photographed over 300 random people all over Manhattan. Now he is tracking down as many of them as he can find to re-photograph and talk to them. In many cases, he’s been able photograph them in the same spot. He plans to create a documentary and publish a book of the work.

He explains the project in this video, and you can check out more of the photos on Instagram.

By the way, Berman’s pictures of 80s & 90s New York are pretty great as well.

Photo by: Michael Berman

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York

Artframe ScreenshotCarl wanted a thing that displayed animated GIFs from artists’ feeds. That sounded like a quick Saturday project–the result is artframe. It’s sort of like a photo frame that displays random animated GIF art from a couple tumblr feeds.

A demo was running on my site, but it stopped working. The the code is on github, but I archived the project on April 10, 2023.

I think Carl has big plans for this. In the meantime, I might revive an old laptop LCD and make an actual photo frame.

The image in the screenshot if from Matthias Brown’s TraceLoops Tumblr