Born in 1957 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Mermelstein has lived and worked most of his life in New York City. Prowling the streets with a constantly drawn camera and an alert eye, Mermelstein has made a name for himself as one of the world’s leading photojournalists and street photographers. His work has appeared in prominent publications such as LIFEThe New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. During the time of New York’s upswing, Mermelstein documented the mood, the characters and the often bizarre sights that made the city so unique. Everyday situations and ordinary people are the primary focus of his work. His idiosyncratic images are yet never composed, and are instead spontaneous records of unaware people going about their everyday lives.

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