Arthur Lazar was born and raised in New Mexico where he began his work in photography. He received an MFA degree from Ohio University in 1978, and has taught photography at the University of New Mexico, Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology, and Ohio University. He currently teaches at Columbia College, Chicago and Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lazar has published several books including Of Earth and Timbers Made, and photographs of native New Mexican architecture, A Garden for All Seasons, and Intimate Landscapes, a monograph published in 1993 by Lake Forest College. He was a past recipient of a NEA grant. His work is included in collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Fogg Museum at Harvard University, and Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.