Richard Nagler is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in the fields of philosophy and politics. After studying painting, he began to photograph in the early 1970s. Since then, he has garnered widespread attention. Two critically acclaimed books featuring his photography have been published: "My Love Affair with Miami Beach," (Simon & Schuster, 1991) and "Oakland Rhapsody: The Secret Soul of an American Downtown," (North Atlantic Books, 1995).
On a local scale, Nagler has been a respected member of the San Francisco Bay Area photographic community for the past thirty years. He is an enthusiastic supporter and promoter of the photographic arts, having served on many non-profit boards and committees over the years. The Richard Nagler Competition for Jewish Photography is an international photo competition held annually for photographers working with Judaic themes at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California. In addition to the wide recognition Nagler receives for his photographic work and charitable contributions, he is also highly regarded as an astute photography collector.
Nagler's photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally over the past thirty years. In addition to his solo exhibition in 2004 at the George Krevsky Gallery, he has been featured in one-person shows at the Oakland Museum, the Albert Einstein Center in Sacramento, the May Museum in Lawrence, New York, and the Museum of the Diaspora in Tel Aviv, Israel. Additionally, he has been included in group exhibitions at the Twining Gallery in New York City, the Klein Gallery in Chicago, the Dalian Gallery in China, and the SF Arts Commission Gallery in San Francisco.