In a two-day weekend workshop, participants joined photographer Richard Renaldi to learn how to build and advance a body of work. The workshop began with Renaldi sharing examples of his published photobooks, and sharing some useful advice that he has collected throughout his career. He introduced the groundwork of the workshop by saying “projects create a frame around your concepts.” Before the photographers shared their own images, Renaldi provided framework that participants “have to be open to let other voices contribute to an overall body of work. Your work can only be made stronger by helpful guidance and input.” He stressed that this workshop was a comfortable place to share their ideas, by letting the participants know that they were “not here to defend themselves, but here to open themselves.”
Following his introduction and words of advice, the remaining day and a half of the workshop consisted of Renaldi giving his undivided attention to every artist for about an hour each. All participants had the opportunity to share a project they were working on and would like to push forward. Both Renaldi and the rest of the class had an open discussion about each project and gave helpful feedback on how to move the project to a new level. At the end of the workshop, the participants came together and reflected on the weekend’s helpful critiques and the new friendships that were formed with each other and with Renaldi.
About Richard Renaldi
Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received a BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. He is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York and Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin. Five monographs of his work have been published, including Richard Renaldi: Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006); Fall River Boys (Charles Lane Press, 2009); Touching Strangers (Aperture, 2014); Manhattan Sunday (Aperture, 2016); and I Want Your Love (Super Labo, 2018). He was the recipient of a 2015 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.