Meg Handler is a social documentary photographer, photo editor, and curator with a focus on politics, media culture, and social justice.
She began her career in the early 90’s in New York City photographing ACT-UP and the reproductive rights movement. As a member of WHAM! (Women’s Health Action Mobilization) she documented several pro choice actions. Meg also made photographs of the anti-abortion organization, Operation Rescue. A cohort of independent photographers covered all this activity. After 30 years of their photographs rarely being seen, they were finally shown as part of the seminal 2017 exhibition , ”Whose Streets? Our Streets: New York City 1980-2000″, which Meg co-curated .
Meg is the former photo editor of The Village Voice. Following The Voice, Meg worked at U.S. News & World Report, Blender, New York Magazine, COLORS and Polaris Images. She has edited a number of books, including the monograph, Phil Stern: A Life’s Work. Other notable books, PAPARAZZI by Peter Howe, Cherry Hill: A Childhood Re-Imagined by Jona Frank and Reaganland by Rick Perlstein. In 2021, Meg left her 9-year post as the Editor at Large for Reading The Pictures. In 2022, Meg co-curated Postcards From Forever dedicated to abortion rights, featuring both past and present photographs from several countries illustrating the ongoing global struggle for reproductive justice. Meg’s early 90’s photographs of the abortion rights movements were recently published in The Washington Post. Meg lives in Chicago.