Richard Renaldi: Touching Strangers

Introduction by Teju Cole

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9 x 11 1/2 inches 128 pages, 71 four-color images Paperback with flaps 978-1-59711-430-1 October 2017

Behind the Scenes with Richard Renaldi

Behind the Scenes with Richard Renaldi

Now available in a new paperback edition, Richard Renaldi’s Touching Strangers is about the human desire to connect despite our differences.

“Most photographers capture life as it is, but in these strangers, Richard Renaldi shows us humanity as it could be—as most of us wish it would be—and as it was, at least for this one fleeting moment in time.”
—CBS News

“Richard Renaldi is a matchmaker for tense times . . . ”
New York Times Lens Blog

“Renaldi's unusual photographic formula reveals the unlikely ways the body and the heart can influence each other.”
—Huffington Post

“The viewer can’t help fabricating a story about the subjects’ relationship. We weave narratives around them—who they are, the unlikely tenderness that might exist between strangers. These counterfactuals force us to confront the limits of what we know, from our own experiences, to make up common social interactions.”
New York Times


Richard Renaldi (born in Chicago, 1968) graduated from New York University with a BFA in photography in 1990. Other Aperture books by Renaldi include Manhattan Sunday (2016) and Figure and Ground (2006). In 2015, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.

Teju Cole is the author of Open City (2012), Known and Strange Things (2016) and, a book of his own photographs, Blind Spot (2017). He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and the photography critic for the New York Times Magazine.