And of course, there are more layers — as we gaze at Nagler’s photographs we are looking at images of people who are themselves looking, as, off-stage, Nagler also looks.
Nagler, who says he didn’t visit an art museum until he was a senior in college, says in his afterword to the book that he aims to make new layers of art upon the old. “I am inspired by the human dance that takes place in front of great works of art and the accidental and beautiful juxtapositions that can occur.”
The photographs may make us laugh, be subtle, obvious, poignant, or touching. They draw us in and ask for our attention.