Aperture In Person
Richard Renaldi: Talk and Book Signing
Wednesday, April 16
This event is free for students with ID and Members of Aperture at the $50 level and above.
Join Aperture and 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.
Richard Renaldi (born in Chicago, 1968) graduated from New York University with a BFA in photography in 1990. He has presented solo exhibitions both in the United States and abroad, including at Fotografins Hus, Stockholm; Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg, Germany; and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York. Renaldi’s work has also appeared in group exhibitions, including Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Center of Photography, New York (2003). Touching Strangers is Renaldi’s third book, following Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006), and Fall River Boys (2009).
Image: Richard Renaldi, Kiya and Simon, New York, New York, 2012
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Board and Members of Aperture Foundation.