"I can't think of anytime in the past thirty years that I didn't have a camera with me. I'm a true photoholic. For me the visual is the visceral. Somehow the camera and the film (and now the digital file) are an extension of my senses."
Richard Nagler, May, 2004
After studying painting, Nagler began to photograph in the early 1970s. Since then, he has garnered widespread attention. Three critically acclaimed books featuring his photography have been published: "My Love Affair with Miami Beach," (Simon & Schuster, 1991), "Oakland Rhapsody: The Secret Soul of an American Downtown," (North Atlantic Books, 1995), and "Word on the Street" (Heydady, 2010).
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. It is currently included in an exhibit at the History Miami Museum in Miami, Florida. In addition to his solo exhibitions in 2004 and 2007 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.