Richard Nagler Fine Art Photography
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Studio:        Richard Nagler Fine Arts

2247 5th Street, Berkeley, California 94710-2216





(510) 244-1000  


Born: New York City, 1947



•  University of Pennsylvania, BA 1969, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

•  California College of Arts and Crafts, 1972


Selected Exhibitions in Photography:


·      San Francisco Photographic Fair, 1978, First Prize Color Photography, juried group show

·      Image Gallery, Walnut Creek, California, "The Urban Landscape," January 8 through 31, 1983, one-person show

·      Oakland Museum, Oakland, California, "Focus on Old Oakland 1973-1983," November 7 through December 23, 1983, one-person   show

·      Oakland Museum Collector's Gallery, "Selected Images," March 1 through 31, 1984, one-person show

·      Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, New York, "Lost Miami Beach," March 17 through April 17, 1984, one-person show

·      California ProArts, "Picture Oakland," June 1984, First Prize Color Photography, juried group show

·      San Francisco Arts Commission, "Snap '85," July 5 through 31, 1985, group show

·      Dalian, China, "Oakland, California, U. S. A.," January 1986, continuing exhibition, group show

·      Eye Gallery, San Francisco, California, "Selections," May 8 through    28, 1987, juried group show

·      Blake Street Gallery, Berkeley, California, "Only in Miami Beach," concurrent exhibition with A Traveling Jewish Theatre, October through November 1987 

·      Twining Gallery, New York City, "A Kiss is Just A Kiss," September 27 through October 30, 1988, traveling group exhibition

·      Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, "A Kiss is Just a Kiss," January 14 through February 1989, traveling group exhibition

·      Festival at The Lake, Oakland, California "Best of the Decade" Best of Show, Grand prize, juried group exhibition, June 1989

·      Faulkner Color Lab, San Francisco, California, Selections from "Best of the Decade" July 10 through August 4, 1989

·      Gallery Arcade, Oakland, California, "Through the Lens Lightly,  Photographers Look at Oakland" August 15 through September 10, 1991, two-person show

·      Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, "My Love Affair With Miami Beach" January 12, through April 26, 1992, one-person show, traveling

·      Albert Einstein Center, Sacramento, California, “My Love Affair With Miami Beach,” January 5 through February 3, 1993

·      Jewish Community Center, Washington, D. C., “My Love Affair With Miami Beach,” February 6 through March 19, 1993

·      Jewish Festival of the Arts, Vancouver, B. C., “My Love Affair With Miami Beach,” April 8 through June 4, 1993

·      Beth Hatefutsoth/Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel, “My Love Affair With Miami Beach,” June 7 through July 5, 1993

·      Dubin/Wolf Exhibit Center, Los Angeles, California, “My Love Affair With Miami Beach,” September 1 through November 1, 1993

·      Gilbert Pavilion, Riverdale, N. Y., “My Love Affair With Miami Beach,” December 10, 1993 through January 30, 1994

·      Koret Gallery, Palo Alto, California, “My Love Affair With Miami Beach,” March 20 through April 22, 1994

·      May Museum, Lawrence, New York, “My Love Affair With Miami Beach,” November 11, 1994 through January 25, 1995

·      University of California, Santa Cruz, California, “My Love Affair With Miami Beach,” April 1, 1995 through April 25, 1995

·      Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, “It Belongs in a Museum: Acquisitions 1992-1995,” February 1995 through July 1995

·      The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, “Hubba City,” a play by Ishmael Reed, slide presentation, February 2, 1996 through March 31, 1996, reviews New York Times, Village Voice

·      The Jewish Museum, New York City, “Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey,” July 26, 1996 through January 7, 1997, group exhibition

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, March 5, 1998 through March 28, 1998, “Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Pure Art vs. Agit-Prop,” artist portrait   

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, July 9, 1998 through August 8, 1998, “Gallery Artists” group show

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, By-the-Sea,  October 14, 1999 through December 11, 1999, group show

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, Diamonds and Dust: the art of baseball, April 6, 2000 through May 20, 2000, group show

·      Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, California, Contemporary Perspectives, February 15, 2004 through April 29, 2004, group show

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, Art of the Game:  The Art of Baseball, April 8, 2004 through May 1, 2004, group show

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, “Such is Life, 30 Years of Photography, “ June 3, 2004 through July 6, 2004, one-person show

·      Beth Hatefutsoth, Tel Aviv, Israel, “Faces/Places/Identity - Portraits of Jews 1975-1995,” December 7, 2004, group show

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, “Architecture in Art,” December 24, 2005 through February 11, 2006, group show

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, “Faces and Places,”December 13, 2006 through January 27, 2007, group show 

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, “Spring Training: The Art of Baseball,” March 15, 2007 through April 28, 2007, group show

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, “The Unspoken Word,” November 1, 2007 through December 8, 2007         one-person show

·      University of Michigan/Institute for the Humanities and Frankel Center for Advanced Jewish Studies “Looks Given/Looks Taken: Jews and Urban Photography” March 10 through May 15, 2008

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, “Summer Reading,” July 1, 2010 through October 2, 2010 group show

·      George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, “Artistic Visions of the Golden Gate Bridge,” May 3, 2012 through June 9, 2012 group show

·      Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, California, “Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti,” June 23, 2012 through September 23, 2012, artist portrait

·      Kala Art Gallery, Berkeley, California October 4, 2012 through November 21, 2012, “Keeping Time,” group show

·      History Miami Museum, Miami, Florida, “South Beach - Photographs of a Jewish Community 1974 -1990” October 27. 2017 - April 1, 2018, group show

·      Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California, “In Focus: Current Photography” January 16, 2018 - March 8, 2018, juried group show

·      Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert, Arizona, “Picturing Resistance” September 10, 2022 - October 22, 2022, juried group show

·      George Krevsky Gallery “Politics and Poker” August 16, 2023 through October 20, 2023






Selected Public Collections:


The Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

The Jewish Museum, New York City

The Port of Oakland Collection, Oakland, California

The Forum Gallery Collection, New York City

Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California

Beth Hatefutsoth, Tel Aviv, Israel

di Rosa Preserve, Napa, California

Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California

Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, California

One California Bank

The de Young Museum, San Francisco






Selected Private Collections:


Paul and Prentice Sack

Rene di Rosa

John and Gretchen Berggruen

Andrew and Barbara Fremder

Robert Mailer Anderson

Jane Levy Reed

George and Doris Krevsky













Books by Richard Nagler:



·      MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MIAMI BEACH, Photographs by Richard Nagler, Introduction and Commentary by Isaac Bashevis Singer, (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1991)


·      OAKLAND RHAPSODY: The Secret Soul of an American Downtown, Photographs by Richard Nagler, Introduction and Commentary by Ishmael Reed, (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 1995)


·      WORD ON THE STREET, Photographs by Richard Nagler, Introduction by Peter Selz, (Heyday Books, Berkeley, California, 2010)


·      LOOKING AT ART/The Art of Looking, Photographs by Richard Nagler, Introduction by Malcolm Margolin, (Heyday Books, Berkeley, California 2014) 


Finalist USA Book Awards/Best Photography Book (2014)

         Gold Medal for Photography in the Non-Fiction Book Awards (2014),           First Prize in Photography at the Beverly Hills Book  Awards (2014)           National Independent Book Award for Excellence in Photography                Finalist in the Indiefab Book Awards for 2014




Selected Publications:


The Oakland Tribune, "Images of Old Oakland by Richard Nagler," December 8, 1983, photographs


Exhibition catalog, "Focus on Old Oakland, 1973 - 1983, Photographs by Richard Nagler," The Oakland Museum, Oakland, California


California Living, "Picture Show, Photography by Richard Nagler,” March 11, 1984, text and photograph


Judisk Krönika, Stockholm, Sweden, November, 1992 “Miami Beach - en fotoessä av Richard Nagler,” photographs


Hudson Monitor, August, 1992, “Down Miami Way,” by Rose E. London, photograph


ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL, March 1993, “Miami Fantasia, Part 2,” by Rhonda Lieberman, photographs


Moment, April 1993, “Loving It Up in Miami Beach: I. B. Singer discovers remnants of the Old World, documented by the photographer Richard Nagler, in a New World Paradise,” by Jacob A. Stein, photographs


South Florida, May 1993,”What Stocks Would You Buy For Your Mother?” by David Nickell, photographs


South Florida, May 1994, “The Last Resort,” by Beth Dunlop, photograph


Forward, May 27, 1994, “Searching for Their Place in the Sunbelt: How Jews Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Miami and L. A.,” photograph


The Montclarion, May 23, 1995, “Illustrating Downtown’s Poetry,”

by Michael Fitelson, photographs


The Oakland Tribune, May 25, 1995, “Ode to Oakland: Photographer Richard Nagler and author Ishmael Reed Offer an Unflinching Portrait of the City,” by Jolene Thym, photographs


San Francisco Examiner Magazine, Sunday, June 11, 1995, “Oakland Rhapsody; Its People Make This City of Extremes Virtually Indestructible,” Text by Ishmael Reed and Photographss by Richard Nagler.


Journey to My Father, Isaac Bashevis Singer, by Israel Zamir (Arcade Publishing, New York, 1995) photographs


Docteur Zorn, by James Michener, (Editions du Rocher, Paris, 1996) cover photograph


Ocean Drive,  September 1990, “A to Z, The Ultimate Guide to South Florida,” photograph


The Book of Blessings,  by Marcia Falk, (HarperCollins, San Francisco 1996,) author portrait


School is Not Cool: Youth, Color and Opportunities, edited by Steen Fiil and Inger Lehman, Klims Sprogserie Engelsk, Forlaget Klim, Denmark, 1996, front cover and back cover photographs, interior photographs


Los Angeles Times, March 29, 1998, “Tough Jews,” book review, photograph


San Francisco Bay Guardian, November 10, 1999, “ ‘By-the-Sea,’ through December 11, George Krevsky Gallery” Critic’s Choice, review 


Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, Rose, by Martin Sherman, theatre program, photograph, May 2000


The Reed Reader, an Ishmael Reed anthology, (Basic Books, New York, 2000,) cover portrait, author portrait


Showing Out: A Novel, by Timothy Reed,  (Thunder Mouth’s Press, New York, 2003) author portrait


Blues City, by Ishmael Reed, (Crown Publishers, New York,  2003) author portrait, photograph


Art of the Game: The Art of Baseball, (EPress Books, San Francisco, 2004), photograph


Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album, (The Library of America, New York, 2004) photographs


Jack Levine: America’s Living Master, ( EPress Books, San Francisco, 2004) artist portrait


Playboy Magazine, September 2005, author portrait, Ishmael Reed


The Forward, December 15,2006, “Sunrise? Sunset?: Two New Projects Train a Lens on Jewish Florida,” photograph


Diablo Magazine,  June 2007, “7th Street Blues: An  Amazing Music Scene Once Thrived in West Oakland,” photographs


One Voice, Many Echoes: Selected Prose, by Rebecca Camhi Fromer, (Regent Press, Berkeley, California 2007), photograph


Mixing It Up: Taking on the Media Bullies and Other Reflections, by Ishmael Reed, (Da Capo Press, Cambridge, Massachussetts, 2008) cover photograph


Artweek, February 2008, “Richard Nagler at George Krevsky Gallery,” review


High Country News, November 22, 2010, photograph


The Los Angeles Times, January 2, 2011, “Word on the Street Collects Richard Nagler’s Word Pictures,” by Leah Ollman


The San Francisco Chronicle, January 3, 2011, “About Word on the Street,” photographs


Black and White + Color Magazine, June 2011, “Creative Journey/ Richard Nagler: Staying One Step Ahead of Time,” by Richard Pitnick


Rangefinder Magazine, January 2012, “Richard Nagler: When the Picture is a Word,” by Jim Cornfield, photographs


Shutterbug Magazine, July 28, 2014, Photo Book Review: “Looking at Art: The Art of Looking” by Richard Nagler, photographs


San Francisco Chronicle, September 2, 2014, “Photography: Images that reframe the experience of art,” by Julian Guthrie, photographs


Bay Area News Group, June 8, 2014, “The Art of Appreciation/Photographer Takes Camera into World’s Great Institutions,” photographs


San Francisco Examiner, September 4, 2014, “Looking at Art: a Photo Book with Wit, Power,” photographs


Wait Till I’m Dead/Uncollected Poems of Allen Ginsberg, edited by Bill Morgan, (Grove Press, New York, 2016,) photographs


How To Photograph Everything, Popular Photography/WeldonOwen Press, (San Francisco, 2016,) photographs


Alta Magazine, November 2020, “Blues City: A Walk in Oakland” photographs


Go Ask Ozzie, by Patricia Polacco, Simon & Schuster, 2021, photographs


Jewish Culture and History, September 1, 2023, “Miami Beach: The Making of a Jewish Resort City,” by Deborah Dash Moore, text and photographs


Forum: The Magazine of Florida Humanities, Summer 2023, “Finding Eden,” text and photographs





Selected Public Appearances:


Miami Book Fair International, November 16, 1991, Miami, Florida,  “Richard Nagler on My Love Affair with Miami Beach,” lecture and slide presentation


National Public Radio, “All Things Considered,” December 17, 1991, interview with Lynn Neery


Beth Hatefutsoth Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel, “Miami Beach and the Jews of South Florida,” June 14, 1993, lecture and slide presentation


National Public Radio, “Photography Talk,” May 24, 1995, interview with Michael Johnson


KRON TV, Channel 4, “Bay Area Close-Up,” June 6, 1995, interview with Belva Davis


Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, Lecture, November 30, 2010


Berkeley Public Library Foundation, Honored Authors Dinner, February 6, 2016, Berkeley, California


Art Deco Weekend, Miami Beach, Florida, February 2019, Wolfsonian Foundation, lecture and video presentation







Trustee, The Friends of Photography, San Francisco, California,  1989 - 1996

Trustee, The Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, 1994 -2004 present, vice-president 1996 - 1999

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Foto Forum, 1996 - 2008

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography Accessions Committee, 1997 – 1998

Trustee, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California 2009 - 2013










Founded and Endowed 1997, “The Richard Nagler Competition for Jewish Photography,” at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, an annual international photography competition for photographers working on a Jewish subject











·      Vision Gallery, 1155 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103,  1992-1996

·      George Krevsky Gallery, 5529 Golden Gate Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-2110, 1997-present (510) 817-4944














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