Aperture is pleased to release two new limited-edition photographs by Richard Renaldi in anticipation of his upcoming publication Manhattan Sunday.
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. Drawing heavily on his personal subcultural pathways, Renaldi captures that ethereal moment when Saturday night melds 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.
Reminiscent of Éugene Atget’s photographs of vacant Paris streets, 10:23 presents a view of West 14th Street that is both unquestionably classic yet contemporary in its details—a scene which elicits a familiar sensory experience of New York City while rich shadows stimulate a subtle sense of mystery. As one of the final images in the chronologically sequenced Manhattan Sunday, this print represents a sleepy New York City in a state of awakening—or, in the context of the book, heading to sleep.
Richard Renaldi (born in Chicago, 1968) graduated from New York University with a BFA in photography in 1990. He 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.