The magazine of the art-form of the photo-essay
Apr 2016 back issue
Touching Strangers
by Richard Renaldi
A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous! Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film & documentary maker
Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve 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 usually taught to reserve 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. These relationships may only last for the moment the shutter is released, but the resulting photographs are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society. Purchase book here
Elaine & Arly 2012 NY.
Nathan & Robyn 2012 MA.
Vincent & Charles 2012 CA.
Tari, Shawn, Summer 2012 CA.
Reginald and Nicole 2007 CA.
Rayqa and Annalee 2012 CA.
Junior and Petey 2012 MA.
Nicholas and Caleb 2013 PA.
Donna and Donna 2011 CO.
Matthew and Jeromy 2011 OH.
Perry and Mark 2012 NV.
Tiana and Gunnar 2013 IL.
LeAsia and Rebecca 2013 NY.
Hunter, Margaret and Abigail 2013 NY.
Ekeabong and Andrew 2013 CA.
Jared and Seth 2013 NY.
Aaron and Ava 2014 OH.
Will and Becky 2014 OH.
Cheyene, Charlie and Omarian 2014 OH.
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