Listening to the candidate, Rego Park, Queens, August 25, 2011

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Meeting the candidate, Harlem, October 19, 2010

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Candidate working the phone, Midtown, September 28, 2010

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Campaign strategist, Midtown, September 28, 2010

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Leafleting, Upper East Side, October 19, 2010

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Watching primary campaign debate, Manhattan Republican Club, December 15, 2015

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Entering polling place, Upper West Side, November 2, 2010

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Election night, losing candidate’s headquarters, Harlem, November 2, 2010

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Election night, Republican Headquarters, Hilton Hotel, November 2, 2011

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City Hall and Municipal Building, Civic Center, January 4, 2011

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Pro-Israel rally (Gaza flotilla), Times Square, June 3, 2010

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Union rat, Madison Avenue, January 26, 2011

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Falun Gong demonstration, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, September 24, 2009

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People’s Climate March, Central Park, September 21, 2014

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Anti-Iran nuclear deal rally, Second Avenue at 48th Street, September 1, 2015

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AIDS Walk, Riverside Drive, May 15, 2011

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Fight for $15/National Day of Action, Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, November 10, 2015

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Westboro Baptist Church rally, Second Avenue at East 42nd Street, September 24, 2009

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Rally for Ground Zero Mosque, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, September 12, 2010

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Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, October 6, 2011

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Neighborhood paper, Bayside, Queens, January 22, 2002

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Editor & publisher, Kings County Politics, Kensington, Brooklyn, October 8, 2015

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Newsroom, New York Daily News, Wall Street area, March 19, 2015

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Dedication of David H. Koch Plaza, Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 9, 2014

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Reporter questioning Congressional Representative, Sutton Place, October 26, 2010

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Media protest, Midtown, October 17, 2010

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Interviewing the candidate, Tribeca, August 22, 2010

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Second annual town hall meeting, West 83rd Street Church of the Redeemer, April 27, 2015

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Conversation on civil society, Institute for American Values, Columbus Circle, September 22, 2011

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Thirtieth Annual Spring Fair, Hippo Playground, Riverside Park, May 5, 2013

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Staff meeting, non-profit legal services provider for indigent women, Wall Street area, September 11, 2013

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Town hall meeting re: Theodore Roosevelt Park, Fourth Universalist Society, October 6, 2015

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Charter school principal addressing parents of prospective students, Upper West Side, December 1, 2010

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Question from the floor, lecture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, March 25, 2014

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West Side Republican Club, 63rd Street YMCA, June 6, 2014

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Riverside Park Conservancy Gala, General Grant National Memorial, June 6, 2016
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Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting, Upper West Side, April 10, 2013

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Biography

William Meyers was born in 1938 in Providence, Rhode Island. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1962 to 1965, during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he served as an Air Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and later joined the staff of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment, Manpower and Poverty. In the 1990s, after a successful career as a businessman and investor, he turned his attention to photography and pursued his studies at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. From 2002 to 2008, he regularly wrote photography reviews for The New York Sun, and in 2008 he began writing a regular column as well as feature articles on photography for The Wall Street Journal.

Meyers’ focus is New York City, particularly as a lived city of neighborhoods and working people. In 2008, the New York Public Library acquired a portfolio of prints from “Outer Boroughs: New York Beyond Manhattan,” and exhibited the prints at the library in 2015. That same year, Outer Boroughs was published as a book by Damiani. Richard Rivera wrote in the New York Journal of Books, “Meyers’ vision of the city’s open spaces is gritty, detailed, and often stark rather than romanticized…His portrayal of the people of New York is full of character, attitude, and generosity of spirit.”

Meyers’ current work, “Civics,” explores how New Yorkers engage with one another in their communities. “Civics” includes images of the formal political process, from volunteers and voters to the politicians themselves, and also covers lectures, conferences, protests, demonstrations, charitable activities, and symbolic expressions of civic engagement. Meyers is also at work on a project titled “Music New York,” which takes as its theme the variety and ubiquity of musical engagement in the city. 

Meyers’ work has been featured in the New York Times, The New York Sun, the Observer, and The Guardian, among other publications. He has lectured on photography and served on panels at ICP; the City University of New York; the State University of New York; Long Island University; and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. His photographs can be found in the collections of the New York Public Library, the New York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Department of Classics, Harvard University, among other institutions. 

William Meyers lives and works in New York. 

Selected Exhibitions

2015
Outer Boroughs: New York beyond Manhattan (solo exhibition), New York Public Library, New York, NY

2009
The Water's Edge (solo exhibition), Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island, NY

2009
Seeing the Hudson, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY
Hot Fun in the Summertime, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY

2000
New York Now 2000, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY

COLLECTIONS

Ansche Chesed, New York, NY
Department of the Classics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
New York Public Library, New York, NY
New York Historical Society, New York, NY