Press Release

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo gallery exhibition of William Meyers, New York: Look & Listen. The opening reception for Mr. Meyers will be held on May 7th, from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition will run through June 8, 2013 at the Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704 (corner of Madison Avenue). Gallery hours are 11am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Although Mr. Meyers (b. 1938) had been a photography buff since his early teens, he only became seriously involved around fifteen years ago after a chance encounter with Phil Bloch, a director of the International Center of Photography. Prior, Mr. Meyers led a multifaceted career, including service as a Naval Air Intelligence Officer with notable involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the recovery of the Gemini 2 Space Capsule. He had business operations throughout New England and investments in biotechnology. He also had a play produced off-Broadway and had poetry published in several journals.

Photographs featured in New York: Look & Listen are drawn from the Outer Boroughs as well as the Music New York and Alternate Manhattan projects. All the works share characteristic spontaneity and frankness. They represent the quotidian, unsung places where most of the city inhabitants live and work. In 2008, the New York Public Library acquired a portfolio of 86 prints from William Meyers’ Outer Boroughs: New York beyond Manhattan project for its permanent collection.

In recent years, Mr. Meyers’ photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York, the Alice Austen House Museum, the Palatele Brancovensti (Bucharest), and several gallery group shows. Meyers’ photographs have been published in The New York Times, the New York Sun, the New York Press, ARTnews, City Journal, and elsewhere. One of his photographs is on permanent display at Ansche Chesed in New York where it serves as a memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust. Currently William Meyers is the regular photography critic for the Wall Street Journal. From 2002-2008 he was the photography critic for the New York Sun. His writing on photography has also been published by the Weekly Standard, Commentary Magazine, and Nextbook.