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. 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. 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.


New York City, 1947


Bachelor of Arts

University of Pennsylvania, 1969

Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Solo Exhibitions

2007    “The Unspoken Word” George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco

2004    “Such is Life, 30 Years of Photography” George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco

1995    “My Love Affair With Miami Beach” University of California, Santa Cruz

1994    “My Love Affair With Miami Beach” traveled to May Museum, Lawrence, New York &

              Koret Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

1993    “My Love Affair With Miami Beach” traveled to Gilbert Pavilion, Riverdale, New York;

              Dubin/Wolf Exhibit Center, Los Angeles; Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel, &

              Albert Einstein Center, Sacramento, CA

1992    “My Love Affair With Miami Beach” Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA

1984    “Selected Images” Oakland Museum Collector’s Gallery, Oakland, CA

1984    “Lost Miami Beach” Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, New York

1983    “The Urban Landscape” Image Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

1983    “Focus on Old Oakland 1973-1983” Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017    “South Beach, 1974-1990: Photographs of a Jewish Community” History Miami Museum, Miami, FL

2009     “Signs: Wordplay in Photography” de Young Museum, San Francisco

2008     “Looks Given/Looks Taken: Jews in Urban Photography” Univ. of Michigan, Frankel Center

2007    “Faces and Places” George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco

2007    “Spring Training: The Art of Baseball” George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco

2005    “Contemporary Perspectives” Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, CA

2005    “Art of the Game:  The Art of Baseball” George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco

2004    “Portraits of Jews 1975-1995” Beth Hatefutsoth Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

2000    “Diamonds and Dust: the Art of Baseball”
  George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco

1998    “Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Pure Art vs. Agit-Prop” George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco

1996    “Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey” The Jewish Museum, New York City

1995    “It Belongs in a Museum: Acquisitions 1992-1995” Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA

1993    “My Love Affair With Miami Beach” Jewish Community Center, Washington, D. C.; Jewish Festival of the Arts, Vancouver, B. C.

1991    “Through the Lens Lightly, Photographers Look at Oakland” Gallery Arcade, Oakland, CA

1989    “A Kiss is Just a Kiss” Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1989    “Best of the Decade” traveled to Festival at The Lake, Oakland, CA (Best of Show); Faulkner Color Lab, San Francisco

1988    “A Kiss is Just A Kiss” Twining Gallery, New York City

1987    “Only in Miami Beach” Blake Street Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1986    “Oakland, California, U. S. A.” Dalian, China

1986    “Selections” Eye Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1985    “Snap ’85” San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco

1984    “Picture Oakland” California ProArts, June 1984, First Prize Color Photography

1978    San Francisco Photographic Fair, First Prize Color Photography, Juried