Artur Walther was born in Ulm, Southern Germany, and studied in Regensburg and Harvard, Cambridge, Massachussetts. Ever since his retirement from Wall Street in 1994, Artur Walther has been involved with and supported a number of cultural and educational institutions that share his interests.
He is, among others, on the Architecture and Design Committee of The Museum of Modern Art, the Photography Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Photography Committees of Vassar College and Bard College. He serves as a Member of the Board of the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the International Center of Photography (ICP), where he chaired the exhibitions committee for many years. He spearheaded the launch of the ICP Triennial of Photography, which saw its third edition in 2009.
Over the past ten years Artur Walther has devoted his time collecting and working with modern and contemporary photography and video. His collection has its historical foundation in the Neue Sachlichkeit and expanded from there. Today it includes the most significant body of contemporary Chinese and African works of photography in the world.
Artur Walther lives and works in New York.