WHO IS RICHARD RENALDI? BORN IN CHICAGO IN THE LATE SIXTIES, HE GRADUATED IN PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY IN 1990 AND SINCE THEN HAS NEVER STOPPED CREATING CAPTIVATING SHOTS THAT HAVE BEEN DISPLAYED ACROSS THE US, ASIA AND EUROPE.
He has produced three monographies to date, Figure and Ground, then Fall River Boys and the recent Strangers, released by the Aperture Foundation in 2014. Renaldi is known for his portraits in the Touching Strangers series that convey the sense of the intimate life of his subjects with few, imperceptible details. Renaldi since 1984 has been living in the Big Apple, the place he feels most at ease in, hanging out at the trendiest clubs and making friends with the best DJs.
In 2010 he started Manhattan Sunday, a photographic journal featuring shots taken in Manhattan in the early Sunday hours after a night on the town. Naked skin, muscular bodies, a balanced sensuousness. The worn out faces after spending so many hours out. Black and white add a kind of freshness to the shots, almost blending the day with the night, while long exposure captures the euphoria of the clubbing experience. That’s when Richard realizes he’s looking at a new, unexpected and always lively city.
Photos Courtesy of Richard Renaldi