Zoltan Nagy was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1943. He left his country in 1966. From 1967 to 1972 he attended the Folkwangschule für Gestaltung in Essen, Germany, and specialized in photojournalism with Otto Steinert. Shortly afterwards he started to work as freelance press-photographer. Since 1974 he has been living and working in Italy. He is a member of the Foreign Press Association in Italy and contributed to many important journals in German, Swedish and Danish, such as Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, Geo, Essen und Trinken, Tages Anzeiger, Dagens Nyheter, Politiken. In 1984 he acquired the Italian citizenship. He published several books and took part in many collective and personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
Some of his photographs belong to private or museum permanent collections in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, USA and Hungary. He lives between Rome and Turin.