Friday, March 08 - 3:00PM to 3:45PM
Richard Renaldi will present new images from his ongoing series Touching Strangers. Shooting in public with an 8x10 view camera, Renaldi makes spontaneous, large format street portraits in which he begs, needles, cajoles and otherwise coerces two or more strangers to touch one another. The resulting images reveal startlingly complex relationships that are erotic, disquieting, and sentimental, existing only for the instant of the photograph. Renaldi will discuss the sometimes harrowing and hilarious stories behind the images, as well as his effort to reinvent the art of street portraiture by introducing an unpredictable variable into a traditional photographic formula.