Manhattan Sunday

Photographs and text by Richard Renaldi

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11 x 12 7/8 inches 184 pages incl. 1 gatefold, 136 tritone images Hardcover 978-1-59711-376-2 October 2016
Manhattan Sunday is part homage to a slice of New York nightlife, and part celebration of New York as palimpsest—an evolving form onto which millions of people have and continue to project their ideal selves and ideal lives. In the essay that accompanies his photographs, Richard Renaldi describes his experiences as a young man in the late 1980s who had recently embraced his gay identity, and of finding a home in "the mystery and abandonment of the club, the nightscape, and then finally daybreak,each offering a transformation of Manhattan from the known world into a dreamscape of characters acting out their fantasies on a grand stage."


Drawing heavily on his personal subcultural pathways, Renaldi captures that ethereal moment when Saturday night bleeds into Sunday morning across the borough of Manhattan. This collection of portraits, landscapes, and club interiors evokes the vibrant nighttime rhythms of a city that persists in both its decadence and its dreams, despite beliefs to the contrary. Manhattan Sunday is a personal memoir that also offers a reflection the city's evolving identity - one that still carries with it and cherishes the echoes of its past.


Richard Renaldi (born in Chicago, 1968) graduated from New York University with a BFA in photography in 1990. Renaldi is represented by Benrubi Gallery, New York, and Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin. Manhattan Sunday is Renaldi's fourth book, following Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006), Fall River Boys (2009), and Touching Strangers (Aperture, 2014). In 2015, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.


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