Arthur Nager received a MFA degree in photography from Visual Studies Workshop in 1973 and a BA from the University of Rochester in 1970. During this time he worked as a Museum Assistant at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography in the Exhibitions Department installing and cataloging the work of noted photographers under the direction of Harold Jones, Director of Contemporary Photography.
While at Visual Studies Workshop, Nager studied with Nathan Lyons and Syl Labrot who became important influences on his work. He accepted a teaching position and taught at the Center of the Eye in Aspen, Colorado and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado from 1971¬–1973.
In 1973 Nager became Director of the Photography Program at the University of Bridgeport with the responsibility of developing both a fine art and commercial curriculum. He became a tenured Associate Professor and supervised the expansion of the program and the establishment of a photography lecture series that brought numerous photographers including Frederick Sommer, Arnold Newman, Ralph Gibson, Roman Vishniac, Lotte Jacobi and Mary Ellen Mark to the University.
Nager has exhibited work in numerous solo and group shows including the Slater Memorial Museum, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Texas Tech University, Housatonic College, and The Carriage Barn Art Center, New Canaan, CT.
The Social Landscape – Connecticut Towns and Cities in Transition, was a large solo exhibition at Trinity College that featured his work documenting the changing architecture of former factory towns in the Naugatuck Valley.
His solo exhibit “Street Life” was featured at Norwalk Community College in November 2014.
Arthur Nager’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House, Housatonic College and numerous academic institutions.
He currently works as a photographer and designer, focusing on street photography in NYC.