Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs made 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 pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are often taught to reserve only for their close friends and loved ones. Renaldi creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their comfort levels. The images are beautiful and strange, crossing out of the zones of safe physical intimacy with strangers and into deep emotional landscapes never photographed before. These relationships may only last for the moment of the photograph, but the resulting images are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society. This exhibition presents opportunities for discussion and reflection on both our commonalities as individuals and the potential for breaking down societal barriers that separate us.
Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi’s first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by Aperture. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.
The exhibition is curated by Ann Pallesen, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle.
The traveling exhibition Touching Strangers was made possible, in part, with the support of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign that made the accompanying publication possible.
The exhibition consists of eight 50 x 60–inch prints and twenty-four 20 x 24–inch prints. The show requires approximately 190 feet of running wall space.
Photographs by Richard Renaldi
11 1/2 x 9 inches, 112 pages, 75 color images
Designed by Namkwan Cho
$8,000 for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.
The exhibition is available through 2018.
Current Venue List:
- Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY
April 3 – May 15, 2014
- Photographic Center Northwest
September 10 – October 29, 2014
- Loyola University Museum of Art
May 23 – August 2, 2015
- Laband Art Gallery
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
September 12 – November 22, 2015
- Foosaner Art Museum, FIT
March 19 – May 15, 2016
- Fort Collins Museum of Art
Fort Collins, CO
May 26 – July 24, 2016
- Mesa Community College
January 30 – March 24, 2017