April 21st, 2014
Richard Renaldi: Touching Strangers (Video)
On Wednesday, April 16, we joined Richard Renaldi for a talk and signing of his new book, Touching Strangers. Since 2007, Renaldi has been working on this series of photographs by approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large-format, 8-by-10-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their comfort levels. These relationships may only last for the moment the shutter is released, but the resulting photographs are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society.